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My trip to Abuja Reminds me of my Primaries Loss – Wike Laments

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said on Friday that his visit to Abuja reminded him of his defeat in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary on May 28 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.

Mr. Wike announced this at a book launch in Abuja.


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The governor unveiled the book “Flowing Justice: Selected Leading Judgments of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court,” written by retired Justice Abdu Aboki.

Mr. Wike stated that when he arrived in Abuja and saw the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, he was reminded of his presidential election experience.

“I want to once again congratulate My Lord, Hon Justice Abdu Aboki JSC for giving me this opportunity to be here and to be the chief launcher.

“But why I said My Lord did not do well is because if he had held this in Lagos or Kano, I would have been happy.

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“When I landed and then passed through the venue. I said I think My Lord intentionally wanted me to remember the 28 and 29 of May of what happened.

“Well, but life continues,” he said jokingly.

Mr Wike added, “today is my first time of coming to Abuja after losing election.”

He stated that despite his visit to Abuja, he remained in his state, unlike Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, who visited Abuja several times after losing the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary.

“I am not like Yahaya Bello who lost and he comes (to Abuja) everyday. Today is my first time of coming to Abuja after losing election,” he said.

He hailed Mr. Aboki’s commitment to the protection of justice and the rule of law, noting that “Justice Aboki is a consummate jurist who has left his name indelibly in the sands of time and judicial history.

According to NAN, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerged as the party’s presidential candidate in a primary held in Abuja on May 28.

Before voting began, Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of Sokoto State, stepped down from the race and asked his supporters to vote for Atiku, leading to Wike missing out on the ticket.