The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday predicted that the immediate past Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, was unlikely to get up to 10 per cent of the votes to be cast during the 2015 governorship election in the state.
The state APC said in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs to its chairman, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, that despite the support of the President’s wife, Patience Jonathan for Wike, the ex-minister would not win the governorship poll.
Describing Wike’s emergence as a governorship candidate as controversial, the state APC pointed out that 16 governorship aspirants boycotted the PDP governorship primary.
“Chief Nyesom Wike is unlikely to get up to 10 per cent of the votes to be cast during the 2015 governorship election in the state, not minding the pledges and support by Dame Patience Jonathan, the President’s wife and others.
“This is a man who is perpetually afraid of competition and who never believes in a free and fair election. Hence we are not surprised that he brazenly used his stooges and clowns in the PDP to frustrate and rig out the 16 better qualified governorship aspirants.
“For having the temerity to level a false accusation against the APC when all that we have been doing is to state the facts regarding Wike’s unreliable nature his lack of preparation for the weighty responsibility of governorship,” the state APC added.
It noted that the former minister was no match for the state APC governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, adding that Wike’s chances in the race to the Government House had been dimmed by the ‘disenfranchisement’ of 16 governorship aspirants of the PDP in the state.
According to the state APC’s statement, “Wike is no match in any way to our credible candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, a man of impeccable character with a proven record of performance.
“His chances, which were slim from the very beginning, have been further dimmed by the plot of the G16 disenfranchised governorship aspirants to fight him to a standstill.”