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I Respect Bola Tinubu And Will Never Malign Him – Wike

I Respect Bola Tinubu And Will Never Malign Him - Wike
I Respect Bola Tinubu And Will Never Malign Him - Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has denied what he called a ‘false publication’ where he was alleged to have said that Chief Bola Tinubu cannot see Presidency gate in 2023. He said he respects the National Leader of the ruling party of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and will never malign him.

Governor Wike in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kelvin Ebiri on Friday 5th February 2021, said the Governor’s attention has been drawn to false assertions attributed to him in an article written in The Guardian by Emmanuel Ande on February 5, 2021, titled: ” Tinubu cannot see presidency gate in 2023, says Wike.”

He said:

“We wish to affirm that it is true that Governor Wike was in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State on February 4, to inspect some projects being executed by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri. And while inspecting the Greater Interchange and Underpass in Yola , some journalists requested for an interview which he graciously obliged them.

The questions asked ranged from the purpose of his visit; the prospects of the Peoples Democratic Party winning the 2023 general election and Nigeria’s rating in the global corruption index recently published by Transparency International.

At no time during the interview session that lasted about five minutes did Governor Wike mention the names of Chief Bola Tinubu and the APC’s former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, or even alluded to them. We, therefore consider the report by Mr Emmanuel Ande as preposterous, fabricated, malicious and intended to inflame relationship between Governor Wike and Chief Tinubu, whom the Rivers Chief Executive holds in high esteem.

“We wish to state without equivocation, that irrespective of political affiliation, Governor Wike has enormous respect for Chief Tinubu and will never say or do anything to malign the hard earned reputation of the elder statesman.

The report by Mr Ande is mischievous and aimed to discredit The Guardian.

“It is our belief that the reporter is probably acting as hireling of some treacherous political actors, who often capitalise on the susceptibility of some journalists to manipulate them to publish misleading or factually incorrect information for political purposes. We dare the reporter to provide any evidence to prove the veracity of his fabricated report,” the statement said.

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