A group known as the Niger Delta Freedom Volunteer Force, NDFVF, has blamed Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, for allegedly causing the defeat suffered by the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, in the just concluded Presidential election.
They also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, on his re-election, and called on Atiku and the PDP, to accept the defeat, as the sincere outcome of the exercise.
They stated these in a communiqué issued at the end of an emergency meeting, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The group traced the failure to the party in the just concluded Presidential poll, to the party’s National Convention, which held in Port Harcourt, last year.
The document jointly signed by the President and the Secretary of the group, Harry Lawson, and Preye Wilson, respectively, alleged that Governor Wike hijacked the Convention and installed an incompetent Leader, who could not deliver victory to the party in the Presidential election.
They said: “Atiku simply lost, because Wike and Secondus hijacked the party structure to themselves before the elections; former Governor of Ogun State and Director-General of Atiku’s Presidential Campaign, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, was nowhere to be found close to him again. It was just impossible for PDP to have won.
“Wike and Secondus in their selfishness sold out the party in Kano State, where they would have secured more votes, by insisting that former Governor of the State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, takes fifty five percent of the State PDP exco.
“This decision infuriated another former Governor of the State, Ibrahim Shekarau, and forced him out of the party, to join the All Progressive Congress, APC, where he delivered the State to President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC, producing the highest votes from all States in the country”, the group said.
They congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory, and urged Atiku, the PDP, and the entire South-South, to accept outcome of the February 23, Presidential election, and work with the President to move Nigeria forward.
They also condemned the wild spread violence that claimed several innocent lives during the Presidential and National Assembly elections, in South-South, especially in Rivers State, and called for a peaceful and credible Governorship and State Assembly elections, in the region, come Saturday, March 9 2019.