Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday, revealed that the All Progressive Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, offered him a senatorial ticket to join the ruling party.
WIke said Tinubu offered him the ticket after the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, failed to fulfill his promise after hid emergence as the PDP presidential candidate.
But Wike, who spoke during a media chat in PortHarcourt, said he turned down the offer and insisted that he would remain in the PDP inspite of his grievances.
Wike added that he never contested the PDP presidential primary to settle for a vice-presidential or senatorial ticket.
“I didn’t contest so I can become a vice presidential candidate, I am not like others who were not serious and bought senatorial form alongside presidential form and that’s why when Tinubu offered me senate slot, I didn’t go for it,’’ he said.
Recall that on July 8 2022 some APC governors had met with Wike in Porth Harcourt, Rivers State’s capital ahead of the 2023 elections.
The APC governors include Kayode Fayemi; Rotimi Akeredolu and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Ekiti, Ondo, and Lagos States, respectively.
Others in their entourage included the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji; former Ekiti State governor and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Ayodele Fayose, among others.
But before the APC governors’ visit, there had been reports that the APC candidate, Bola Tinubu, and Wike met in France. The reports were, however, debunked by Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, who described them as “fake news”.