Wike, in a statement on Friday, stated that he can never malign the former Lagos state governor because he is an elder statesman and he holds him in high esteem.
The Rivers State helmsman stressed that irrespective of political affiliation, he will never say or do anything to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of Tinubu.
The governor also refuted media reports that he said the APC leader would never be president in 2023, describing the report as fake news.
“At no time during the interview session that lasted about five minutes did Governor Wike mention the names of Chief Tinubu and the APC’s former national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, or even alluded to them,” Wike stated in a communique on Friday.
The governor said the reports about him making references to the APC chieftains are preposterous, fabricated, malicious and intended to inflame the relationship between Governor Wike and Chief Tinubu, whom the Rivers Chief Executive holds in high esteem.
“We wish to state without equivocation, that irrespective of political affiliation, Governor Wike has enormous respect for Chief Tinubu and will never say or do anything to malign the hard-earned reputation of the elder statesman,” the statement partly read.