Wike didn't say Tinubu offered him senatorial ticket - Governor's aide

Wike's aide accused the media of twisting the Governor's words out of context.

The Presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State. (Independent). [Channels]

What happened: Some media outfits had quoted Wike to have said during his media chat on Friday, September 24, 2022, that he rejected Tinubu's offer during their meeting in London last month.

“I didn’t contest so I can become a vice presidential candidate, I am not like others who were not serious and bought senatorial form alongside presidential form and that’s why when Tinubu offered me senate slot, I didn’t go for it,’’ wike said during an ongoing media parly in Port Harcourt,” the governor was quoted to have said

Aide dubunks report: Reacting to the news Ebiri, the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor in a statement on Saturday, September, 24, 2022, said the report was untrue and misleading.

Though he admitted that Wike did say someone had asked him to go pick a senatorial ticket, which he declined, Ebiri pointed out that his principal neither mentioned Tinubu nor anyone else.

The statement read:Our attention has been drawn to a misleading report in some national dailies and online newspapers, particularly, Sahara Reporters that the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, offered the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, senatorial ticket to defect to the APC.

“Governor Wike was alleged to have disclosed this during the media chat that was aired on Channels Television, African Independent Television, Nigerian Television Authority and TVC on Friday, September 23, 2022.

“We wish to state emphatically that this news is false, baseless and ludicrous as the Rivers State governor throughout the media chat never mentioned the name of the APC presidential candidate or alluded to him offering him a senatorial ticket.

“To lay the facts bare, we have decided to include herein the transcript of what governor Wike said concerning senatorial form.

“'First of all, this is how you know those who are prepared to run an election. Some of them collected presidential form at the same time collected senatorial form.

“'You’ll know that those people are not serious to run.

“'I never collected senatorial form. Even after the whole thing, people said come and go for Senate, I said no. I won’t do that. I’ve already made a commitment that this Senate ticket should be zoned to this area (Etche) because they’ve never had it before. I must not be in power.

“In an era of increasingly divisive political climate, the tendency to pervert the truth is extremely high.

“It is on this basis that we wish to remind journalists that journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.

“At this critical juncture in our nation, we wish to remind journalists that getting the facts right is the cardinal principle of journalism. Journalists are enjoined to always strive for accuracy and give all the relevant facts in their report.

“We, therefore, urge the unsuspecting public not to give any credence to these false, baseless and ill-motivated reports.”

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