Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has said his relationship with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is “excellent” despite insinuations in some quarters that the two may not be on good terms.
Governor Emmanuel is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation but Wike and the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have been at loggerheads since the emergence of the former Vice President as the presidential standard bearer of the party.
Speaking on Thursday while responding to questions on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, Governor Emmanuel said: “Nyesom Wike is my brother, you all know that…my relationship with him is excellent,” adding that he is in talking terms with the Rivers State governor.
While reacting to the withdrawal of Wike’s camp from the presidential campaign council of the PDP, he pledged that all issues would be resolved before the inauguration of the campaign body.
He said Wike has the right to express his views, noting that they won’t be ignored.
Wike’s camp is demanding the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, and the zoning of the position to the south.
Ayu had been quoted to have promised to resign from his position if a northerner emerges as the presidential candidate of the PDP.
However, he is now insisting that he has a four-year mandate but Emmanuel said Nigerians must learn to fulfil the promises they make.
“One thing I discovered about politics and life is that people should try to do what they said they would do. That’s the crux of some of the problems.
“If I say I would do this when A happens, let me keep to that. If I say I will do B when C happens, let me also keep to that.
“Everybody has the right to express himself however he wants.
“The earlier as a country we keep to our words and promises, the better for everybody,” he said.