Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says he has the right just like every individual to support any aspirant of his choice to contest the Peoples Democratic Party national chairmanship position.

He said this on Saturday in Abuja, at the party’s national convention.

Wike was reacting to allegation that he was imposing a particular aspirant on party members.

“You know in politics you hear a lot of stories, I have a right to support any candidate of my choice, and I do not see how that can be said to be imposition.

“Making statements that some people have hijacked the party is not correct, with all due respect, we are not playing sentiments, the people know what they want,’’ Wike said.

He added that though governors may have influence, such influence was limited to their states, saying that there was nothing wrong in a governor backing an aspirant whose capacity he believed in.

One of the aspirants, Chief Olabode George, a member of the PDP Board of Trustee (BoT), while announcing his withdrawal from the race, accused Wike of insulting the Yoruba race on a national television.

Wike said that the Yoruba people had never contributed anything meaningful to the success of the PDP, a statement he said was insultive.

George maintained that Wike must tender an unreserved apology to the Yoruba people for his utterances against the race.

George, who was among four other aspirants that withdrew from the race, also accused Wike of hijacking the party`s machinery and trying to impose a particular aspirant on its members.


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