Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State disclosed that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), declined an offer to betray President Muhammadu Buhari during the lead-up to the 2019 elections.

The governor made this revelation on Wednesday while hosting Tinubu at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State.

Wike mentioned that he urged Tinubu to consider supporting either former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar or ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki.

“I came to your house in Bourdillon. I came and said to you, sir, to ‘look at the way the country is moving; there is no way we can allow the current president to continue in 2019’,” Wike said.

“You now asked me, ‘okay, what are the alternatives?’ I said ‘sir, we have Atiku, we have Tambuwal, we have Bukola’. You laughed. You said, ‘look, I will remain with Buhari. If these are your alternatives, I will remain with Buhari’.”

Referring to Tinubu’s past differences with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Wike praised Tinubu for his “character and courage,” qualities he deemed essential for any leader.

Wike also expressed dismay at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) “refusal” to obey a ruling of the supreme court which temporarily restrained the implementation of the February 10 deadline for the use of old naira notes.

“How can you people be in government at this time, and the governor of the central bank is disrespecting the supreme court?” he asked.

“Where has it happened in any democracy? Governor of the central bank thinking of whether to obey supreme court order? Where has it happened?”

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