The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said that the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, was a victim of self-inflicted alcoholic poisoning.
Atiku spoke through Phrank Shaibu, who is his Special Assistant on Public Communication, and said Wike should go for confession and not thanksgiving, given his ignoble role in the election in Rivers State. Wike had opened up and alleged that he was poisoned at the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in December 2018.
The former governor had disclosed this at a special Thanksgiving service organised in his honour at the St. Peters Deanery, Rumuepirikom, Obio-Akpor, on Sunday. He had said the poison ravaged his internal organs, affecting his liver and kidneys and almost killed him but for God’s intervention.
However, Phrank Shaibu, in a statement, advised Nyesom Wike to reduce his consumption of alcohol following a revelation that his liver and kidneys failed due to “poisoning.”
He stated, “Governor Wike has always been open about his intense and indubitable love for whiskey. He even said back in March that he was sipping a 40-year-old whiskey with his friends while watching Atiku and others protesting on TV at 11 am.
“Governor Wike has also been seen drinking and dancing in video, including one he did with former Governor Rochas Okorocha. If Wike was indeed poisoned and his organs failed, he ought to be a teetotaller by now and reduce his drinking.
“I am not a medical doctor, but it is general knowledge that excessive alcohol consumption leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems, and cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, oesophagus, voice box, liver, colon and rectum.
“Other ailments associated with excessive drinking include weakening of the immune system, increasing the chances of getting sick, learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor sexual performance. Wike should look inwards. Let us assume that he was poisoned by food. Was his hoarse and husky voice also caused by food poisoning?
“Governor Wike ought to be doing confessions rather than thanksgiving. Psalm 51:17 says God does not despise a broken spirit and a contrite heart. Wike has not shown any remorse for the many electoral malpractices he has committed. Under Wike’s reign, Rivers State – which was famously known as the treasure base of the nation – became Rivers of blood. That is the legacy of Wike. His thanksgiving cannot be acceptable to God unless there is first repentance”, Shaibu said.