2023: Why Cry Over Wike If You Can Win Without Him – Afegbua Attacks Melaye
A former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, Kassim Afegbua had condemned Dino Melaye for describing the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike as a man lacking integrity for not supporting the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Five aggrieved Governors under the PDP identified as the G-5 had vowed not to support Atiku if the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu remains in office.
Melaye who the spokesman for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council had posted a video of Governor Wike where he promised to support the presidential candidate of the party before primary.
The former lawmaker charged Wike to honour his promise and support Atiku who emerge winner in the presidential primary of the party.
He said, “Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, promising to support anyone who wins the PDP presidential primary. This integrity statement is now facing an integrity test. Mr Governor, please honour your vow that was made before God and man because we shall all account for all vows made.”
Afegbua in a chat with Daily Independent urged Melaye to stop crying over Wike as Atiku camp had boasted that they can win without him.
He said ”Stop crying, Dino. I thought you all said Wike is inconsequential and Atiku can win without him. Dino Melaye cannot be serious with his assertion. It is one thing for Governor Wike to make a promise, it is another for the process to meet with the conditionalities that would make that promise a reality. You cannot deliberately cultivate injustice and expect to reap justice.”
Afegbua speaking on what happened during the presidential primary of the PDP said “During the primaries, it was politically, legally and morally wrong for Governor Tambuwal to stand up twice to speak, during which time he decided to step down for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. When Governor Tambuwal was given the opportunity to address the delegates as one of the aspirants, he ought to have made his position known to all.
“After that process was concluded, Governor Tambuwal stood again to speak against the normative order of the primaries.
“That was a clear abuse of process. It was not provided for in the guidelines of the election. It was an action that unveiled the conspiracy of the entire primary election, and Governor Wike would not tolerate such kind of conspiracy.
“What came out of the primaries, therefore, was not a product of justice, equity and fairness. It was a product of conspiracy, manipulation, gerrymandering and orchestrated political coup, that rubbished the whole essence of the primaries.
“Dino Melaye knows the truth, he’s just caressing the situation with caution because he knows what transpired. It is wrong, utterly wrong, for Atiku Abubakar to attempt to alter the seamless transition that should happen in the nation’s political algorithm, after President Buhari’s tenure. That is the height of desperation.”