Rivers State governor – Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that he will not defect from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP for any reason or under any circumstances, adding that he will remain to fight for peace.
The governor declared that he was more concerned with maintaining the party’s sanity and that he would remain to work for the establishment of harmony, inclusivity, equity, and peace inside the PDP.
At the Rivers State PDP stakeholder meeting on Thursday at Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike made the announcement.
The governor emphasized that he is a man of character, as opposed to others who, in 2014, failed to honor their promises and left the party at Eagle Square in Abuja.
“One thing have always told people is, if anybody is thinking, doing anything to think that we will leave PDP, foul. We will do the fight in the party. We are not like them, when in 2014 they walked out from Eagle Square. They’ve forgot. They walked out and joined APC. Is it not correct? Did they remain to fight inside the party? But we remained, they ran away. Now, there is a fight in the party, we will not run. We will fight it in this party. Those who run away from fight are weak people. We will not. So, everybody should know this is the state where we are. So that nobody tells you all kind of stories.” – he said.
Governor Wike stressed that the party’s constitution explicitly specified that zone-based elections and party offices must be respected.
Governor Wike questioned why Senator Lyorchia Ayu, the PDP national chairman, was making excuses for not upholding his duty to do the right thing when the former PDP BOT chairman was being pressured to quit.
“You have taken presidential candidate, you have taken party chairman, you have also taken the D.G (director general) of the campaign. We are talking about party politics. Decisions are made by the presidential candidate, chairman of the party and the D.G of the campaign. They are telling you they told the chairman of the BOT to resign. So, you know there is a problem. You said he should go and resign. You can put pressure on him to resign when his tenure hasn’t come to an end. But you cannot put pressure on the chairman to resign. You think at our level you will deceive us. You’ll tell us stories.” – Wike said.
Governor Wike recounted how the federal government attempted to invade Rivers State in 2015 using the military, meddle with elections, and even have them canceled, but was met with resistance.
The governor added that he saw to it that the results of the senate elections in Rivers East, which produced Senator George Thompson Sekibo, and Rivers West, which produced Senator Betty Apiafi, were declared.
Governor Wike lamented the fact that the same individuals are now plotting against him in Abuja despite the danger they took to deliver them. He claimed that since God had benefited him, they would fail.
The governor of Rivers State further stated that, despite pressure from some PDP officials and attempts to split the State House of Assembly, he never promised anyone the party’s governorship ticket.
Governor Wike claimed that despite not winning the PDP presidential nomination, he did well during the primaries.
He emphasized that protecting Rivers State’s interests and assets without surrendering them through politics required guts and firmness on his part.
In addition to recovering oil wells that had been wrongfully ceded to Imo State and collecting accruing revenue from the oil wells in the disputed area between Rivers and Bayelsa States, Governor Wike explained that his administration had also obtained a refund of money that had been improperly taken from the Police Trust Fund by the federal government.
The governor claimed that because Nigerians will choose their political parties based on their performance, the federal government won’t be able to utilize the army and police in the election of 2023.
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