Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has urged Nigerians to ignore the ‘manipulated video’ suggesting that he is defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The video making the rounds on social media claims that the governor intends to defect from the PDP following his loss at the recently conducted presidential primaries.
In a statement on Wednesday by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike said the video making the rounds was an excerpt from a previous interview he had with regards to the defection of Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to a manipulated video circulating on Social Media, purporting that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike intends to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“It will be recalled that in June 2021, Governor Wike was interviewed on Arise Television, following the defection of Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“During the interview, Governor Wike while reacting to reason given by Ebonyi State governor for his defection, dismissed it as untenable.
“The excerpt of the interview in circulation has been deliberately manipulated by some desperate and unscrupulous persons with obnoxious agenda.
“The intent of the video being circulated is to mislead the unsuspecting public, particularly members of the PDP.
We, hereby urge the public to disregard the manipulated video.
“Governor Wike has repeatedly maintained that he will never under any circumstances defect from the PDP, which has offered him the platform to excel in his political career.
“We urge the public to ignore the distorted video. Those behind it are desperately wicked and intend to mislead the public. Governor Wike remains a faithful, committed member of the PDP and will never leave it for cancerous APC.”