PDP crisis: Wike has finally spoken out about sending thugs to attack Atiku supporters.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has denied sending thugs to attack supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the state.

Wike called the accusations “cheap blackmail.”

The state PDP campaign council and former Minister of Transportation, Abiye Sekibo, accused Wike’s administration of sending thugs to attack them.

Wike, on the other hand, claims to have never been involved in any form of political violence.

Speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the governor said: “Some people are saying we sent thugs to attack them. You see, when people see failure, they will begin to plan excuses.

“Instead of you to tell your principal, this will be difficult for me, you are giving excuses.”

He cautioned the political class against any attempt to plunge the state into chaos.

“Anybody who knows me know, that I have never been violent. If I am violent, I won’t go to court.

“But we know those who planted killings in this State when they were Secretary to government. We know them, but that killing will not happen again in the State.

“We will not give you the opportunity to try it again,” he said.

Wike has been aggrieved with Atiku after he lost during the PDP primaries and the refusal of the latter to make him his running mate.

Following Atiku’s decision to pick Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Wike had called for the removal of Iyorchia Ayu as the National Chairman of the party.

Wike and his group, the G-5 governors, said a particular region should not be allowed to produce the party’s presidential candidate and National Chairman.

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