Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has dismissed threats by some politicians who allegedly promised to deal with him upon winning the forthcoming presidential election.
Wike’s comments may not be unrelated to a warning issued last month by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organisation to the Rivers governor and four others in the party.
The governors otherwise known as the G5 or Integrity Group broke ranks in the wake of the May 2022 presidential primary that produced former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
This later prompted a response from the campaign’s Director General, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who said the party will “explore lawful avenues to bring any of its erring members to book”.
However, Wike said his “political crime” in the eyes of his detractors seems to be his insistence on equity, fairness and justice to be practised within the party, which they consider as too tough a demand to satisfy.
The governor spoke on Wednesday at Community Secondary School 1 in Mogho Town, venue of the campaign flag-off rally by the Rivers State PDP Campaign Council in Gokana Local Government Area (LGA).
In a statement by the governor’s Special Assistant on Media to the Rivers State governor, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike described such threats as laughable.
According to him, those threatening him will never win at the poll and will not have such an opportunity to carry out their alleged scheme.
“Most of you have watched on YouTube where they said they will deal with me when they win. You can’t win. You’ve not won, you are threatening to deal with some people. Will God allow you?” he asked.
Wike insisted that he is a strong proponent of the principal of equity, fairness and justice because, to him, it is apparently the best way to foster inclusivity in the PDP.
“All of them planning and saying they will deal with us, they’ve not been born. I dare them, let them try it,” he said.
The governor told Gokana residents to be proud of their nativity and being citizens of Rivers State, adding that no person can ever intimidate the state because it will never play second fiddle in Nigeria.
He also advised the people to get their permanent voter cards (PVCs) that will be used to “punish haters of Rivers State.”
See full statement below:
THOSE PLOTTING TO DEAL WITH ME, GOD WON’T LET YOU WIN PRESIDENCY -WIKE
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described as empty the threat by some politicians to deal with him when they eventually win the 2023 presidential election.
Governor Wike explained that his political crime, to such people, seems to be his insistence on equity, fairness and justice to be practiced within the party, which they consider as too tough a demand to satisfy.
The Rivers State governor spoke at Community Secondary School 1 in Mogho Town, venue of the campaign flag-off rally by the Rivers State PDP Campaign Council in Gokana Local Government Area.
Governor Wike described such threats as laughable, because those threatening him will never win at the poll, and will not have such opportunity at all to carry out their sinister scheme.
“Most of you have watched on YouTube where they said they will deal with me when they win. You can’t win. You’ve not won, you are threatening to deal with some people. Will God allow you?”
Governor Wike insisted that he is a strong proponent of the principal of equity, fairness and justice because it is about the best way to foster inclusivity in PDP.
He pointed to the evil of denying other equal stakeholders due rights that will give them a sense of belonging, wherein the unity of purpose matters within the party.
“All of them planning and saying they will deal with us, they’ve not been born. I dare them, let them try it.”
Governor Wike told Gokana people to be proud of their nativity and being citizens of Rivers State. According to him, no person can ever intimidate the State because it will never play second fiddle in Nigeria.
The governor also advised Gokana people to go get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) that will be used to punish haters of Rivers State.
He said the 2023 election will be about the use of the PVCs, which is the people’s power, and it will not be like what was experienced in 2019 where officers of the Nigerian Army and police were used to intimidate voters.
Governor Wike explained that a brother and a friend is one who cater to the welfare of the people and improved their living conditions.
In that regard, governor Wike stressed that he is a better brother to Gokana people than their son, Victor Giadom, who as a Commissioner for Works refused to construct roads in Gokana.
Governor Wike revealed that several roads have been constructed by his administration in Gokana together with the bridge connecting K-Dere to Bolo Town ongoing.
In his speech, Rivers State governorship candidate of the PDP, Sir Siminialayi Fubara asserted that the party will win the election in the State, but there is need for the winning to be very convincing.
Fubara assured that when elected, his administration will continue in the performance footstep set by the Wike’s administration.
Specifically, Fubara said he will do everything possible to sustain the security of life and property, provide more road and educational infrastructure in the area.
Director General of Rivers State PDP Campaign Council, Brother Felix Obuah acknowledged the massive turnout of Gokana people to the campaign rally, and enjoined them to collect their PVCs so that they can vote on election day.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Fred Kpakol, said PDP has won all elections in the council and they understand that politics is of interest and service.
According to him, they have no other political option other than supporting the consolidation team and to ensure that all candidates of PDP win at the poll.
Former secretary to the Rivers State government, Kenneth Kobani said Gokana people will never abandon governor Wike and the PDP.
He assured that they are ready to take up any electoral fight against those whose stock-in-trade is to abuse the governor instead of engaging in issue based.
Speaking on behalf of the candidates, Senator Barinada Mpigi assured that they will commit to serving the interest of Gokana people and by extension the Ogoni land.
Earlier, governor Wike paid a courtesy call on His Majesty, Festus Babari Paago-Bagia, Gberemene Gokana kingdom in Giokoo.
Special Assistant on Media to the Rivers State governor.
January 25, 2023.