Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has slammed Dakuku Peterside, the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), for threatening to publicly name his preferred presidential candidate ahead of the upcoming election.
All eyes have been on Wike since he stated that he would announce his preferred candidate in January 2023.
He is expected to choose between the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu, and the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi.
WITHIN NIGERIA previously reported that Dakuku accused Wike of putting personal interests ahead of public interests during the APC rally in Opobo-Nkoro on Tuesday.
He went on to say that Wike is not a brave man because he should have publicly declared his preferred presidential candidate for the February 25 elections.
However, Wike responded to Dakuku during a PDP governorship campaign rally in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, stating that failure and success are not on the same level.
To set the record straight, the governor denied that he would publicly announce his preferred candidate, claiming that state residents are already aware of his choice.
You have the guts to tell me I should name my presidential candidate. Are we at the same level? Failure and success, are they the same?
Look at the man who is always failing every day. He does not understand the activities of G5. I have told most people who don’t know, G5 that we’re fighting is like guerilla warfare. The more you look, the less you see.
I never told anybody one day, I will bring a camera and announce to you this is who will go. I said I will tell Rivers people the candidate they will support. I did not tell you the method of saying it. I did not tell you I will bring live coverage and say it. But Rivers people know.
Wike further made a mockery of Peterside over his defeat in the 2015, and 2019 governorship races as well as his failure to secure a second term as DG of NIMASA
Look at this small boy whom I flogged in 2015. I don’t know where they say he comes from – is it Abia or Opobo side, which of the areas? Envy! I flogged him out in 2015.
He has not recovered from that. He thought they would give him a ticket in 2019, but he didn’t get [it]. They sent him to be NIMASA. Ask him, what did he bring for Rivers people?
You have a position, you cannot help your people, and you’re coming out to open your mouth, simply because you didn’t get [the ticket] and they did not give you a second term to be DG of NIMASA.