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‘Why I Declared Support For Tinubu, Rejects Peter Obi’s Presidential Bid’ – Wike Finally Reveals

The former Governor has now been rewarded with an appointment as minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

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The immediate past Governor of Rivers and now minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nyesom Wike, has revealed that he rejected the 2023 presidential bid of the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi because he knows Obi won’t win.

VerseNews reports that Wike said this on Thursday during an interview on Channels TV, a day after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) upheld Bola Tinubu’s victory in the February 2023 presidential election.

According to the Rivers State former Governor, the supporters of Obi, don’t know politics.

Wike, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) publicly declared support for the All Progressives Congress, APC’s candidate, Tinubu and worked for his victory in Rivers State.

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The former Governor has now been rewarded with an appointment as minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

“I know that he [Obi] won’t win the election. Let me tell you the truth, I am a realist. For me, the way the election went, it was a tough election. I give it to INEC”

“Yes, as a young man, people would have preferred that he won but look at how the votes went.

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“There is this generational change, the young people were tired. So, for them, the only hope they had was to vote for Obi as a younger person compared to other candidates.

“But unknown to them, that is not the reality of Nigerian politics. They didn’t take into cognisance that ethnicity is a factor. They didn’t take into cognisance that religion is a factor, not only competence; that is the reality of Nigerian politics.”

Wike also blasted Obi for rejecting the tribunal judgement.

“Did Peter Obi not win at the Supreme Court when he was removed as governor? Did he pay bribe? Let him tell the world now,”

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“When he was removed as a governor, did he not reclaim his mandate at the Supreme Court? Judiciary was right but now that the decision happened, judiciary is wrong.”

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