Prank Shaibu, Special Assistant to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar on Public Communication, has called Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike a drunk.
Shaibu accused Wike of speaking, acting, and dancing while under the influence of alcohol in a statement issued on Sunday.
The statement was made by Atiku’s media assistant on Sunday in response to a trending video of Wike in which the Governor stated that he was drinking a 40-year-old whisky while watching members of the PDP protest against the outcome of the 2023 presidential election at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Wike said this on Friday while speaking to supporters in Rivers State’s Emohua Local Government Area, and the video has since gone viral on social media.
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In response, Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication attacked Wike, claiming that his drinking had harmed his voice, demeanour, and reasoning ability.
He went on to say that the PDP protest happened around 11.30 a.m., and it is unacceptable for anyone, let alone a Governor, to be drinking alcohol at that time.
Governor Wike has confirmed what we all know. That he is a drunkard. The protest that was led by Waziri Atiku Abubakar on Monday, March 6, 2023, was against the stealing of the mandate of the Nigerian people, which in itself was a noble cause.
For the sake of clarity, the protest occurred around 11.30am. Governor Wike says he was drinking whisky during the protest at 11.30am on a Monday. This reveals the sort of man he is – a dipsomaniac who abandons his official duties on Monday morning to binge on whisky.
This explains the reason for his hoarse voice, which is similar to that of a motor park tout. It is obvious that Governor Wike also dances under the influence of alcohol. No wonder it is characterized by aesthetic vulgarity.
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It is a common rule that you do not drink and drive. Unfortunately, a drunkard is the one steering the wheel of governance in Rivers State. This is more disturbing because he is married to a judge. Indeed, the term, as sober as a judge, could not even rub off positively on the cantankerous governor.
Shaibu maintained that Governor Wike had been fighting for himself all along and his stand about a southern presidency is all about his own political survival.
Atiku’s aide said the Governor is only wailing because he lost the PDP presidential ticket.
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Wike’s grouse with Waziri Atiku Abubakar has nothing to do with zoning. He is only wailing because he lost the presidential ticket of the PDP in a fair contest. After losing, he deceived four other governors to join his futile campaign, he said.
Speaking further, Shaibu asserted that Wike has abandoned the G5 Governors after leading them to their political doom.
Three governors of the G5 failed woefully at their senatorial elections, including Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who, as a sitting governor, came a distant third in the Abia South senatorial election. For Governor Seyi Makinde, his ambition is hanging by a thread after his misadventure cost the PDP to lose all three senatorial elections.
Wike has not held a single meeting with his G5 members, having dumped them since their defeat. He has been rejoicing over the outcome of the polls even though his men have all lost. This is the sort of man he is, and yet he claims not to be committing anti-party infractions.
Shaibu also claimed that Wike admitted on video to manipulating the outcome of the last presidential election in his state.
As a result, he asked more people to sign a Change.Org petition demanding that the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union impose a visa ban on him.
Atiku’s aide added;
At this point, I would love to commend the nearly 300,000 Nigerians who have signed the petition for Wike’s visa sanction. This is a step in the right direction. This is a man who in every election he has ever been involved in has been characterized by rigging and violence so much so that under his watch, the media tagged his state, ‘Rivers of Blood’.
This is a man who, during a leaked phone conversation with Governor Ayodele Fayose, admitted to ‘killing everyone we can kill’. This is a man who talks down on traditional rulers in his state, arrests those he doesn’t agree with, seals off the buildings of his opponents and even revokes C of O of those in his bad books. May Nigeria never see such an emperor again who uses violence to subdue his people for political gains.