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Wike: I was poisoned at PDP secretariat

Former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, said despite the political gang-up against him, God has, without doubt, made all those evil plots against him fail. Wike spoke at the family thanksgiving service yesterday organised in his honour that was held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumuepirikom Deanery, of the Diocese of Niger Delta North. The former governor explained that he cannot talk about his triumph in office as governor without attributing the victories to God. He recalled that in 2018, he was poisoned at the campaign secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and experienced liver and kidney failure as diagnosed in a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon.

The former Rivers State governor recalled that on one fateful Sunday in December 2018, when he was due to attend the thanksgivings of his former Chief of Staff, Chief Emeka Woke, he was in- capacitated to attend the event because he had been poisoned. He stated: “From that Sunday, I never came down from my room. It was bad, but those who attended the January 1, State Banquet of 2019, will know that I never spoke that day. I just sat down there and I told my deputy governor to speak on my behalf. “People didn’t know what was going on. After that banquet, by 12 mid- night, I was taken out of the country because I thought it was over. “When we got to Bei- rut, the doctors looked at me and I was looking at them. They were not tell- ing me anything, they said we have to do many tests.”

He stated that the next morning the doctors re- turned and presented a gloomy report that his kidney and liver were no longer functioning. “I never knew that I had been poisoned in our campaign secretariat. My intestines were all black. The doctors did all they could do. “But, through divine providence, what would have been a disastrous sit- uation was miraculously turned around by God, who immediately began to restore his failed organs, ” Wike added. According to him, within one week, God healed him and he was able to return to Nigeria to continue with the 2019 campaign for his second term in office. Wike also recalled that days leading the 2022 PDP presidential campaign, his wife, Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom- Wike, called him from London that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

The former governor said he was devastated by the news and even contemplated leaving the presidential race, but his wife urged him not to, saying to the glory of God, she was eventually healed of cancer and her life preserved. Wike said because the right successor was chosen, he is enjoying peace. On his part, the governor of Rivers State Simi- nalayi Fubara said he is part of the political family of Wike which was attacked by the political foes, but they failed to achieve their objectives. Fubara stressed that because of the culture of thanksgiving to God, Wike has continued to experi- ence political victories. Bishop, Diocese of Ni- ger Delta North of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Wisdom Ihunwo admonished the congrega- tion to always remember that without God no man can attain any position. Some of the dignitaries who graced the thanksgiv- ing were, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was represented by the Gov- ernor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Sen- ate President, Godswill Akpabio; Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau. Also present were the governors of Rivers State, Fubara; Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Hope Uzodinma (Imo), Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Fran- cis Ogbonna Nwifuru (Ebonyi), Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang (Plateau). Other dignitaries in- cluded the former gov- ernors of Ebonyi State, Senator David Umahi, Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), James Ibori (Delta), Dr. Peter Odili (Rivers), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi ( Enugu), Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano), Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe), Jo- nah David Jang (Plateau), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo). Members of the Senate, House of Representatives, and Rivers State House of Assembly also graced the occasion.

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