How I survived poisoning, my wife, cancer - Wike - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, June 18, 2023

How I survived poisoning, my wife, cancer - Wike

The immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Sunday said he has so much to be grateful to God for seeing him and family through critical challenges, including surviving poisoning and his wife, cancer during his time as governor. 

Wike at a Port Harcourt thanksgiving grace by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, the G5 and Integrity Group, several formal governors among other dignitaries also said his support for the Senate President was a returned favour after Akpabio supported him with N200million for his 2015 governorship race. 

"When in office as governor, many think all is going on well with you. Nobody wants to know the problems you are facing as a human being. Nobody wants to ask are you well. All you see every morning are text messages of account numbers to pay money into", Wike said.

Among the most challenging troubles he was lifted out of, Wike cited that, "On 1st January 2019, I was taken (from a state banquet) out of the country and I thought it was over. We got to Beirut, doctors said we have to do so many tests. 

"They came back to say my liver, kidney were gone. I never knew I have been poisoned in our campaign secretariat, my intestines all black. Doctors did all they could do and next day everything was turning around. 

"They told me my liver, kidney are functioning now. After one week, they said I could go. I came back to start campaigns for governorship. I told those close to me, we will not stop in anybody's house no matter how close you were to me. Everybody was a suspect. I could not identify where it (the poisoning) came from.

"Second instance, when I was going for my presidential primaries, my wife (Justice Suzzete Wike) called from London, that she has been diagonised of cancer. I called the G5 and the governor (Fubara) to say I don't think I would continue with this race. I called my wife back, she said no continue with it. 

"The night of the primaries, I went for my wife in Abuja. She was told fire, from nowhere, has gutted her room. They called fire service. Everything a woman should own was burnt. Till today, we have not fixed that room. I thank God and today, my wife is hale and healthy."

The former governor who also narrated how God rescued him and his associates from a near miss plane crash said in all those trials, he never betrayed his confidence and composure before his supporters, said, "Part of leadership is not to frighten your followers. If you let them know things are wrong, they will begin to behave anyhow."

Support for Akpabio Senate presidency 

On his loud support for former Akwa Ibom state Governor, Akpabio through his Senate Presidency success, Wike said, "He (Akpabio) came out to support me (in 2015 guber). He was abused, that how can he put his hand in the politics of Rivers. 

"He told them (accusers) that he has seen the only person who could win that election was me.  He did not just come out. He gave me N200Million for that election. That is why I said one good turn deserves another. And I also supported him. Thank God he succeeded (as Senate President)."

Dignitaries who graced the  thanksgiving include, Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu who represented
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,  Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau.

Also present were the governors of Rivers State, Siminialayi Fubara; Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Hope Uzodinma (Imo), Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru (Ebonyi), Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang (Plateau).

Other included the former governors 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), Jonah David Jang (Plateau), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo).

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