Lee Maeba, a former senator for Rivers State South East constituency, who is also an ally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has said that Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, threatened to “collapse” the party if he is not successful in his presidential bid.
Speaking recently in an interview with an online television station monitored by POLITICS NIGERIA, Maeba disclosed how Wike threatened to collapse the main opposition party if he failed to secure the party’s ticket to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Wike came second in the party’s presidential primary in May, losing to Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku, who polled 371 votes against Wike’s 237.
Since that defeat and his subsequent snub for the position of the Vice-President, cracks have emerged within the PDP.
“Wike told me during one of our campaigns that if he failed the primary that he will collapse the whole system if they do to him what they did to (Ex-Rivers state governor, Peter) Odili,” Maeba said.
“He said he will collapse the system and everybody will go home. That is the fear here.”
He wondered why the governor had refused to move on like Odili did when he failed in his bid to become the president in 2007.