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‘Southern govs didn’t betray you, they opted for aspirant to defeat northern sentiments’, Shehu Sani replies Wike

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Former Kaduna gubernatorial aspirant, Shehu Sani, has replied Nyeson Wike of Rivers State who said he was betrayed by southern governors in the just-concluded presidential primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Shehu Sani gave the reply in a tweet on Tuesday.

The Rivers State governor had in a statement on Monday accused Southern governors of foiling his attempt to win the presidential ticket of the party.

He argued that his involvement in the presidential primaries was to aggregate the quest of the South to produce a president in 2023, based on the principle of zoning.

The former presidential aspirant, thus, blamed his defeat on the betrayal of the southern governors who failed to give him their support in the contest.

Wike said: “I contested the primary election based on the principle and agreement with all southern governors and leaders of the South that presidency should go to the South this period.

Read also :Wike accuses PDP govs of working against Southern Nigeria’s push for presidency

“We have done our part. We never betrayed anybody because it’s not in our blood to betray. But it’s a shame to those people, some of the governors from the South, they were the people used to sabotage course.”

Reacting, Shehu Sani said the Southern governors did not betray the governor but rather looked beyond the primaries and went for a aspirant with a huge influence to defeat northern sentiments and win the general elections.

He stressed that Wike remains a strong player in the quest of the opposition party to wrest power from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2023.

He wrote: “I didn’t think the southern governors betrayed Wike. They simply looked beyond primaries and opted for a formidable candidate aspirant who can overcome northern sentiments, mobilise voters and ultimately win general elections. Wike remains an indispensable force for the battle ahead.”

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