Nyesom Wike has been asked to name the suitors wooing him to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, the ruling party’s Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC dared him on Thursday.
Senator James Akpanudoedehe, secretary of the APC’s CECPC threw the gauntlet as he rebuffed claims by the governor that he, Akpanudoedehe voted for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the 2019 General Election.
Akpanudoedehe said Wike made the assertions as part of his crave for the national limelight.
“Tell Wike, he cannot attain national popularity by attacking or insulting the APC and it’s leaders. He should come out clean and declare if he wants to join the moving train of APC and not that he is been pressurised or wooed to join.
“Please ask him (Wike) to name his suitors. Who is putting pressure on him. I am not surprised what he (Wike) is doing. I have seen people like him, who hated APC in the past but today they are in APC having seen the light and the good thing the party is doing in re-positioning the country and making it work again after years of PDP misrule.”
Poohpoohing the governor’s claim that he, Akpanudoedehe voted for the PDP in 2019, the party scribe said: “this is cheap blackmail. This blackmail is no longer fashionable in politics. What we preach and practice in APC is politics of issues and substance and not cheap blackmail.
“I am a man of issues. I am a man of substance. I don’t join issues on blackmail. Wike can say anything. But ask him how he got to know whom I voted for in 2019. Was he in Akwa Ibom or he is a spirit that knows the party I voted for. The narrative of voting for another party cannot hold water. This story line of blackmail is no longer in vogue.
“Where was Wike in 1999 when I was in the Senate? Is it because he is now a governor that he thinks he can hit national limelight by insulting APC Leaders? He should be mature and respect his exalted office and stop the blackmail game.”