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Do I need to pull down the state to become governor?: Wike denies involvement in Rivers crisis

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Do I need to pull down the state to become governor?: Wike denies involvement in Rivers crisis

by Solomon Osadolo

Yesterday, President Goodluck Jonathan, through one of his spokesmen, Doyin Okupe, denied having any hand in the crisis bedevilling Rivers state. Today, Nyesom Wike, the minister of state for education followed suit saying that he was too busy doing his assignment in Abuja, to get involved in the conflict.

Hardly any report is written on the issue without linking Wike and his alleged 2015 ambitions with the crisis which has gone out of control since Tuesday this week. However, Wike has declared his innocence, choosing instead to blame those at “the helm of affairs” in Rivers state, who he said had lost control.

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“I don’t know what is happening in the state and those at the helm of affairs should be asked why things have degenerated to where they are,” he said.

He told journalists that he cannot pursue an ambition so much that he pulls down the entire state as a result.

“Do I need to pull down the state to become a governor? If I become governor in a broken state does it make any sense?” he asked.

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