The immediate past Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, has denied a media report that he has withdrawn from the Rivers State governorship race.
Wike, an aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Monday, dismissed the report and called on Nigerians, especially people of Rivers, to disregard the report.
According to him, the news that he had purportedly backed out from the race was sponsored by other governorship aspirants who were afraid of him.
He said, “These planted false reports on the pages of newspapers and the electronic media that I have withdrawn from the race and contesting the senate seat are proofs of my general acceptance, popularity and the confirmation that I am primed to win the governorship primary and the general election in the interest of the people.
“The Rivers people cannot be deceived by lies told by frightened aspirants who have no connection with the PDP members, delegates and leaders. They are not in touch with the Rivers people, hence their resort to falsehood and untenable stories. The PDP family is united behind me to lead our party back to the Brick House.
“I have the capacity to face APC and defeat them. The so-called governorship aspirants are afraid of competition; hence they are jumping from one office to the other telling stories”.