Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to desist from speaking while under the influence of alcohol. The statement came after Governor Wike boasted about drinking a 40-year-old whiskey while Atiku led a protest to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja to protest alleged irregularities that marred the conduct of the presidential election.
Atiku Abubakar had led other leaders of the party in asking that results collated from the exercise be canceled and elections be redone in areas that had problems. However, while speaking to supporters at the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Governor Wike claimed he had sat down to take a 40-year-old whiskey while the protest was ongoing. This statement has drawn a strong response from Atiku, who urged the governor to stay off alcohol, as it was affecting not only his voice and demeanor but also his thinking faculty.
Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shuaibu, issued a statement on Sunday, describing Wike as a drunkard and claiming that his protestations were not related to ensuring that the south produced the next president, but rather a result of his loss in the PDP presidential primary. The statement went on to accuse Wike of manipulating election outcomes in his state and even going as far as to kill people to achieve his political goals. The statement also commended the almost 300,000 Nigerians who had signed a petition on Change.org to demand that the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union impose a visa ban on Wike.
The statement by Atiku’s aide has sparked a debate among Nigerians, with many expressing their displeasure at the personal attack on Wike. Some have accused Atiku and his team of taking their political disagreements too far, while others have criticized Wike for his alleged actions and behavior. However, many have also called for civility and respect among political leaders, urging them to focus on addressing the issues affecting the country rather than resorting to personal attacks.
The incident underscores the need for political leaders to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their office and to avoid actions that could tarnish their image and the reputation of the country. It also highlights the importance of free and fair elections, which are critical to ensuring the democratic process in Nigeria. Ultimately, it is essential that all political actors uphold the values of democracy, respect the rule of law, and work together for the good of the country and its people.