Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike upon his return to Nigeria after a three-day trip to Madrid, Spain, has again berated Senator Iyorchia Ayu, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying the attempt to deny the allegations he made against him was baseless.
Gov. Wike went on to challenge Ayu, asking him to give account of how the money he allegedly collected was spent.
“Let Ayu say he did not collect N1 billion. In fact, let me also tell you, Ayu collected N100 million naira from a governor that he was going to renovate our democratic institute and then he (Ayu) went back to the PDP NWC and took N100 million naira for doing the same work.
“What kind of system is that? I am telling you all these are facts. Let him (Ayu) say no first and I will tell you (those he collected money from).”
While speaking, Gov. Wike expressed his displeasure over the controversial comment credited to PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in Kaduna.
Speaking at an event organised by the Arewa Joint Committee on Saturday, Atiku had said
“I think what an average northerner needs, is somebody who is from the north, who also understands the other parts of Nigeria, and who has been able to build bridges across the rest of the country. This is what the northerner needs. He (the northerner) doesn’t need a Yoruba or an Igbo candidate. This is what the northerner needs. I stand before you as a pan-Nigerian of northern origin.”
Wike said Atiku ought to build bridges across the country and called on PDP to apologize to Nigerians over the comment.
This statement that has led to an uproar on social media, as various Nigerians have wasted no time in expressing their agitation. Thav Media had earlier reported that Atiku risks about 12 months jail term for allegedly campaigning based on tribal reason.