Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Friday disclosed that the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu wooed him to run for senate after he lost the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Wike made the remarks during a media chat with journalists in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, where he spoke extensively on some of the underground politics that played out during and after the PDP’s convention which saw the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate.
The governor who came second during the presidential primary election of the party in May has been having running battle with the presidential candidate of the PDP and the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, with his camp insisting Ayu must go.
He said his vow to remain in the party prompted him to remain in the party despite an offer to join the APC and pick the senatorial ticket of the APC.
The Rivers State Governor added that he refused to make decisions that will affect the overall interest of the party despite the internal crisis at the national level, which he claimed was fomented by Atiku, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and the party’s chair, Iyorchia Ayu.
Wike justified his refusal saying, “I didn’t contest so I can become a vice presidential candidate.
I am not like others who were not serious and bought senatorial form alongside presidential form and that’s why when Tinubu offered me senate slot, I didn’t go for it.”