The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has said claims that Governor Nyesom Wike banned its members from campaigning for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar is false.
According to the PDP State Publicity Secretary, Tambari Gbara, Wike never banned party chieftains from campaigning for Atiku in Rivers State.
Earlier, a former Rivers Southeast Senator, Ledogo Maeba, alleged that Wike warned some chieftains of the party against campaigning for Atiku in the State.
According to Maeba, the governor issued the warning after he and some chieftains of the party visited Atiku and apologised on behalf of Wike.
Maeba said Wike also threatened that anyone who campaigned for Atiku in Rivers State without his permission would be dealt with.
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.”