The Rivers state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, insisted that Governor Nyesom Wike, has not banned its members from campaigning for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
PDP State Publicity Secretary, Tambari Gbara, stated this in reaction to claims by a former Rivers Southeast Senator, Ledogo Maeba, that Wike warned some chieftains of the party against campaigning for Atiku in the State.
Maeba said Wike had issued the warning after he and some chieftains of the party visited Atiku and apologized on behalf of the governor.
However, Gbara challenged Maeba to prove his allegation that Wike issued a threat against anyone campaigning for Atiku in the State.
In a statement, Gbara said: “If the governor wants to make that statement, he would make it official, that, in the State, nobody should campaign for Atiku Abubakar.
“Governor Wike is not somebody that hides his feelings. If he wants to say that, I don’t think he would say it privately. So, the person making the allegation should come out and prove himself.
“He (Maeba) should be able to furnish Rivers people and Nigerians with evidence.”