The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Head of Digital Media, Tony Ehilebo expressed concern over the disagreement between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and Senator Dino Melaye.
Melaye, who is in the running for the November 11 gubernatorial election was received with verbal attacks from the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike after he opposed his ambition.
Recall that Wike had during a media briefing in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, declared that Dino Melaye cannot be governor of Kogi State, insisting that the former lawmaker does not have what it takes to be a governor.
He said, “If you give Dino the governorship ticket, you know he will fail; there is no way he can win. Why will Kogi people say they would vote for a candidate like Dino?
“People can’t vote for Dino because he is from Kogi, Dino does not have what it takes to govern the state or be a governor. It’s not by coming on television to act drama or insult Wike.”
The Rivers State chapter of the PDP also seconded Wike’s view of Melaye, saying the governorship aspirant will soon know that “khaki no be leather.”
PDP Director of Publicity in the state, Ogbonna Nwuke, who spoke with journalists, described Dino Melaye as a wet doll, saying the former lawmaker will learn his lessons after the poll.
Melaye, on his part, lambasted the governor, linking their rift to Wike’s inability to become Atiku’s running mate during the election.
Melaye alleged that Wike was only fighting him and Atiku because the latter chose Gov Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate despite entreaties from Wike.
According to Melaye, Wike called him about 19 times in two hours, appealing to him to help speak to Atiku to announce him as the Vice Presidential candidate.
Ehilebo told pressmen on Friday that Governor Wike lacked the power to interfere with Kogi State election, saying it is internal.
He said, “Thinking he can stop Dino is an abnormality; is Wike from Kogi State? What warranted him calling media houses and berating a candidate of his own party? What necessitated that?
“If he has issues or he wants to support another person in Kogi State, he should know how to do that. This belief that he can misbehave and nobody can call him to order, is impossible.
“Dino himself should not have given a response. He could have issued a statement but shouldn’t toe the same part with Wike.
“The Kogi issue is internal, if Wike wants to support a candidate, he should empower someone in the state who can speak up for him, not himself. This is an insult to Kogi people”.
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