PDP Convention: I Never Insulted Yorubas – Wike

On December 11, 2017 18 Comments

Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has denied insinuations that he insulted people of the South East in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Wike said this in Abuja while dismissing claims that he tried to hijack the weekend’s National Convention of the party.

The governor urged party Chieftains to be good winners and losers.

He said, “When people want something, you hear all sorts of stories. Someone comes to you that he wants your support and you do not give him because you have someone else you are supporting, then he will say you are imposing and all that.

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“If you had supported him, it would not be imposition. What we have here is not a case of imposition; if it had been imposition, the party would have come out to say only aspirant A or B should be chairman. It has never happened in the history of the national convention in PDP, where many aspirants are jostling for the same position. So where is the imposition?

“We must learn to be good winners and good losers; you cannot expect that because you have gone to delegates to convince them, then they must all support you. They will listen to everybody and at the end of the day, they will make up their minds.

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“What did I say about the Yoruba? They told me that the South-West region has never produced the national chairman of the party and that giving it to them would change the fortune of the party in the region and I told them that the South-West too has never produced the national chairman.

“I also asked them that when the South-West produced the president, what was the fortune of the party and how would national chairman of the party change the fortune of the party in the region. That was what I said. So, how did I insult anybody?”

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Comments (18)


  1. Sabo Alh Bukar says:

    It is the Yoruba who deserve apologies from the SE/SS. In 2011, the Yoruba voted overwhelmingly for Jonathan. Upon forming govt the PDP administration marginalised the Yoruba. The SE/S’S carted away 85% of the appointments, sidelining the Yoruba. Top 20 posts, not one single Yoruba. The Yoruba kept their cool, no protests, no agitation, no insults to other tribes, region & religion. They strategized, waited patiently to exact their revenge. In 2015, they taught the SE/SS a lesson in politics. They ditched Jonathan, PDP & the SE/SS, pitching their tent with the APC. They clinched the VP, juicy ministries with the Jagaban calling the shots.

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