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According to Sahara Reporters, Wike informed the delegation that there was never any discussion of zoning the presidency to Southeast during the Southern Governors’ meetings in Delta, Lagos, and Enugu, according to the transcript of their conversations that was provided to Sahara Reporters on Friday by the spokesman for the Igbo apex body. Notwithstanding the southern Governors’ determination that power must go to the south once President Buhari’s administration ends, the Governor reminded Ohanaeze according to this report that delegates from the South-East to the People’s Democratic Party presidential primary/convention opted for northerners
According to the report, after a one-minute silence for the late Ohanaeze President General, George Obiozor, and the late Joel Kroham, Dr. Aneke praised Wike for his cordial relationship with the Igbo people in Rivers State. Dr. Aneke asked, “How can an Ikwere guy, in good conscience, the campaign against the Igbo in a presidential election where Peter Obi’s candidacy was a low-hanging fruit?” He informed Wike that the “Igbos all over the world are not happy with him, especially since the purported rigging activities are circulating on the Internet’.”
Aneke reminded Wike that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo believes he owes Ndigbo an explanation for the alleged widespread election malpractices in Rivers State against their son – Peter Obi. He voiced his disappointment that “Obi would win in metropolitan Lagos, Abuja, and numerous other areas in the North only to record so low in Rivers State”. Aneke went on to say that the “delegation is on a fact-finding trip; and that both the Igbo elders and youths are keen to discover why planned to bring Obi down in Rivers State’. He concluded by saying that, “The Igbo are sad and will expect his explanations.”
According to this report, Gov. Wike expressed astonishment that the Ohanaeze were on a fact-finding mission, but he would clarify his involvement in the previous presidential election. “Wike revealed that the Southern Governors Forum first convened in Asaba, Delta State, where they decided that ‘power must move to the South; and that they also met in Enugu in September 2021 to reinforce their position for a power shift to the South.” Wike remarked that “the question of the South-East presidency was never on the agenda” during their talks. Wike expressed dissatisfaction that “during the PDP presidential primaries, numerous well-known citizens of the South-East betrayed and destroyed the Southern interest by voting for the Northern contenders for the presidency”.
“He went on to say that his unwavering devotion to the South inspired him to ‘offer logistics for Peter Obi while he was in Rivers State for presidential campaigning and that he refused to furnish even a campaign platform for Atiku, the PDP’s presidential candidate on principles.” The governor remarked that “what is floating on the social media is the handiwork of the Wike opponents’. The “whole Audio of Governor Wike caught on tape planning to bribe INEC Officials has been on YouTube since December 16, 2016′.