Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has stated that no one can undermine the interests of the people of Southern Nigeria in the decision on who will fly the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential ticket (PDP).
Governor Wike made the announcement at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholder gathering in Rivers State on Tuesday at Government House in Port Harcourt.
The governor sneered at people who claimed to be travelling around the country to speak with stakeholders about their interest in the race, but were accidentally expressing their ambition.
Governor Wike stated that the people of Southern Nigeria will make a bold statement at the appropriate moment, informing Nigerians of their position.
“Please, discountenance anything you’re seeing and hearing, all those social media posts. The South will make a statement very soon. It is not about you’ll be vice president to this or these people are consulting. The day the south makes a statement Nigerians will know that we are not joking,” he said.
The governor added;
“It’s not to come out to say you’re consulting. You’re consulting, yet, you’ve declared. Is it not after consultation that you declare. You’ve already declared and you say you’re consulting. What are you consulting again then. And people take the South for granted saying that they are not together. No problems. If we don’t know yesterday, today we know.”
The governor stated that Southern Nigeria, particularly Rivers State, is a long-term asset for the PDP and should not be taken lightly.
When they decide to support any member of their preferred political party, everything is mobilised, according to him, to achieve the desired result.
“We are assets. We are not liability. When we say we are going to support the party we support the party with everything we have. We are not in America where you do television campaign. When we come out, we will choke them. They know it. So, everybody should relax, let the south do their homework and then they’ll make a proper statement,” Wike said.
Because the PDP is an opposition party, Governor Wike said that the most viable option now is for every member to develop unity inside the party, foster greater team spirit, and safeguard it from those who seek to sow seeds of strife.
Those who believe they can buy off the ticket by using money to overpower the internal democratic process will be disappointed, he added.
“What is necessary is how the party must be cohesive. To make sure that the party gets it right. Then when you threaten that it must be north then you’re not trying to make peace or when you threaten you must be south you’re not trying to make peace. It’s a matter of sitting down and understanding; look at this and that. That is the way it’s supposed to be,” Wike noted.
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