By Austin Edoho
(SNN)- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has alleged that the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the PDP’s Presidential candidate during the PDP election primaries was manipulated by Iyorchia Ayu.
This he said on Friday morning at an ongoing media chat with Journalists in the state.
Wike stated that he and his camp would have prevented the PDP convention from holding, but they chose not to do that, owing to the “love” they have for the opposition party.
The Rivers state number one man also alleged that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyorchia Ayu, was the mastermind behind the unfortunate events that led to many aspirants stepping down for the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
He also alleged that by persuading and convincing other aspirants to step down for Atiku, Ayu was playing a game that proved detrimental to other aspirants in the emergence of Atiku as PDP flagbearer.
He concluded by saying that Ayu called several presidential aspirants to step down for the former vice president during the convention.
“He was calling aspirants to withdraw for Atiku. I was there, Saraki and others were there.
“He manipulated the delegates. There was nothing Ayu did not do to ensure Wike didn’t emerge,” Wike said.