Give Atiku, PDP enough trouble, Gbajabiamila tells Wike  


Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has told Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to continue to pose problem to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. 

Wike has been a controversial figure in the PDP. The governor’s futile aspiration to be the party’s presidential candidate or its running mate is causing him to pick open fight with the main opposition leadership and Atiku. 

Gbajabiamila of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who the governor invited to commission the official quarters of the Rivers House of Assembly, on Friday, told his host to continue to be a problem to the PDP. 

The Speaker made the charge, while taking a trip down memory lane to the time he first contested for speakership, saying Wike and his current adversaries conspired against him. 

His word, “Let me start by thanking the Governor, my friend and brother that a confession that has been known to all forever that you plotted against me. It is the irony of life and indeed very interesting, the twist of fate, that those who he sat with to plot against me are the same people who sat together at your primary to plot against you. So, plotting is not necessarily a new thing in politics but what is constant is that in politics, there are no permanent enemies, there are no permanent friends but what you have is permanent interest. And by God’s grace this one that you have started, the journey that you have started that you and I both know shall be permanent. Please choke them. I said choke them. 

After his failed speakership bid in 2015, Gbajabiamila had accused Tambuwal of betraying him 

“I feel disappointed that a speaker to whom much had been given would chop down the issue of leadership and competence to the issue of procurement. That is the last thing I would expect him to say,” Gbaja had said on the defunct Straight Talk with Kadaria. 

“To seat here and say there is no sense of betrayal would be lying. Of course, there is a sense of betrayal, but it’s not something I dwell on. Betrayal unfortunately happens to be the order of the day in politics – particularly in Nigeria. So do I feel betrayed? Yes. 

“Tambuwal was one of my closest friends when he ran for speaker; I think I single-handedly pushed his speakership bid. But again, he must have reasons why he did what he did. That must be respected; I just wished he had made that known.” 

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