Gov Nyesom Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has taken a swipe at journalist and former presidential aspirant of the former Peoples Democratic Party, Dele Momodu.
Wike warned that he would not allow Momodu to use him to gain relevance.
Momodu, who is the Director of Strategic Communications of PDP’s Presidential Campaign Council, had warned Wike against crossing the line by maligning the party’s flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar.
He had urged the governor not to turn the fight for justice and equity into a personal vendetta.
Reacting, Wike berated the veteran journalist for opting to be a presidential spokesman after contesting to be the party’s flagbearer.
Addressing journalists in Port-Harcourt, Wike said: “I have also read where some people said we should not cross the lines. Ordinarily, I should not have responded to this. I read they said it is one Dele Momodu. These are the things I’m talking about. Ask him. When did he join the party?
“When you just want them to recognize you, from presidential aspirant to becoming spokesperson; somebody who wants to rule Nigeria has become a spokesperson of a presidential aspirant.
“I’m not going to be a party to anybody using me to be relevant. If you don’t have a job, say you don’t have any job, I have a job and I will continue to do my job.”
Wike and some PDP governors have been aggrieved with the party’s leadership since Atiku emerged as presidential candidate.
Their grievance had led to much tension within the PDP.