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Wike had helped Tinubu to win the presidential votes in Rivers State.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Friday said he had ended his relationship with the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the 25 February presidential election.

He said this on Friday in Oyo State while appealing to the residents in the state to support the second-term ambition of the Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde.

The Rivers governor was in the state, under the invitation of Mr Makinde, to take part in the inauguration of the Oyo State 5,000,000-litre Aviation Fuel Dispensing Depot at the Ibadan Airport in the Alakia area of the state.

Messrs Wike and Makinde are members of the G5, a group of aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors who rebelled against the PDP and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar on the grounds that it was the turn of the south to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.

Broom ended (on) Saturday’

“There’s no relationship with anybody again,” Mr Wike said in Oyo State, apparently referring to his brief endorsement and support for Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate in the just concluded election.

“The only relationship we have on 11 March is the umbrella. Nothing like a broom. Broom had ended Saturday, last week,” he added.

Umbrella is the logo of the PDP, while broom is that of the APC.


Mr Tinubu defeated the PDP candidate, Atiku, the Labour Party’s Peter Obi, and others to become the 16th president of Nigeria.

The way the APC won the election in Rivers appeared quite dramatic.

Mr Obi was leading Mr Tinubu, earlier in the day, with over 23,000 votes in Rivers, when the results from 21 out of 23 local government areas in the state were released by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

By then, Mr Obi polled 169,414 votes, while Mr Tinubu scored 148,979 votes.

But Mr Tinubu overtook Mr Obi when the results from the two remaining local government areas – Obio-Akpor and Degema – came in.

Tinubu scored 80,239 votes in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, while Mr Obi scored 3,829, followed by Atiku with 368 votes.


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