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Atiku: Wike Orders PDP To Apologise To Nigerians

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Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has asked the Peoples Democratic Party to apologise to Nigerians over a statement credited to its presidential flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar.

Atiku was quoted to have said that an average northerner does not need a southerner to govern him, a statement that has been widely described as divisive.

He said, “I think what the average northerner needs is somebody who is from the north, who also understands the other parts of Nigeria, and who has been able to build bridges across the rest of the country.

“This is what the northerner needs. He (the northerner) doesn’t need a Yoruba candidate or an Igbo candidate. This is what the northerner needs. I stand before you as a pan-Nigerian of northern origin”.

Reacting to the controversial statement in Port Harcourt on Monday, Wike said while he doubted the possibility of Atiku making such a statement at a critical time of the nation’s history, such disposition of the presidential candidate would justify his fight for equity, justice and fairness in the PDP.

The South-South governor who just returned from Spain insisted that the party must urgently address the issue and appeal to Nigerians otherwise people would begin to see the party as one that lacked justice and equity.

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