September 22, (THEWILL) – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that he would not dump the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for any reason, but would sustain the fight against injustice going on in the party.
He said this at a stakeholders’ meeting, held at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Thursday.
Governor Wike reiterated that he would remain in the PDP and fight for the enthronement of unity, inclusivity, equity and peace in the PDP.
The governor said he is a man of character, unlike those who could not keep their words and walked out of the party at the Eagle Square in Abuja in 2014.
His words: “One thing I 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 forgotten. 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.”
Wike, who insisted that the constitution of the party clearly stated that elective and party offices must be zoned, which should be respected, wondered why the former PDP BoT chairman would be pressurised to resign and the PDP national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, is excusing himself from doing what is right.
“You have taken presidential candidate, you have taken party chairman, you have also taken the DG (director general) of the campaign. We are talking about party politics. Decisions are made by the presidential candidate, chairman of the party and the DG 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”, he added.
The Governor recalled how in 2015, the Federal Government used the military to invade Rivers State, interfered with and even annulled elections, but were resisted.
Wike said he made sure the senatorial results for Rivers East was announced that delivered Senator George Thompson Sekibo and that of Rivers West that produced Senator Betty Apiafi.
He regretted that despite the risk taken to deliver them, the same people are now in Abuja plotting against him, noting that they won’t succeed because God has blessed him.
The Rivers State governor also clarified that he never promised anybody governorship ticket of the PDP despite the pressure some leaders mounted on him or attempts made to divide the State House of Assembly.
The Governor said even though he didn’t clinch the PDP presidential ticket, he actually made a good account of himself at the primary.
Wike also disclosed that the Rivers State PDP campaign team would be unveiled by next week.
Wike also assured that all PDP candidates in the State will be returned elected by Rivers people, who are satisfied with the performance of his administration.
“We will take all. We are taking all because Rivers people are happy with what we have done in this state, we have not only provided infrastructure, we have also defended the interest of Rivers State.”
He explained that it took courage and firmness for him to protect the interest and assets of Rivers State without compromising it with politics.
The Governor also said that besides securing a refund of money illegally deducted by the Federal Government over the Police Trust Fund, his administration recovered oil wells wrongly ceded to Imo State and is collecting the accruing revenue from the oil wells in disputed area between Rivers and Bayelsa States.
Wike also noted that the federal government won’t be able to use the army and the police in the 2023 elections, because Nigerians will vote for political parties on the basis of their performance.
In his response, State Chairman of the PDP, Desmond Akawor, said the party in the state has already passed a vote of confidence on Wike, for the way he has piloted the affairs of the State.
He commended the governor for the consistent delivery of projects, defending the interest of the State, and declared that they will continue to follow the leadership that he provides.