If the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) camp of National Chairman Iyorcha Ayu and presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar refuses to accede to the G-5 Governors camp’s demand to relinquish the party chairmanship to the South, Governor Nyesom Wike has warned them to prepare for consequences.
Wike issued the warning on Saturday at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, as he reflected on Prof. Alphonsus Bosah Chukwurah Nwosu’s resignation from the PDP, a move he said had justified the G-5 governors’ call for equality, fairness, and justice.
He said that he had continued to challenge them.
Speaking to Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area stakeholders who were in attendance, Wike said, “For what cause are we fighting? We are all from this country, as I have said and will continue to say. There are no second-class citizens.
“We agreed that this is how our party will be. Recently Prof. A.B.C Nwosu resigned from the party saying his conscience will not allow him, that the constitution of the party is clear, if you take this, these other people will take that. Why now are we saying that we won’t do it again?
“What the people are saying is look, you have taken this, let these people take that and you are saying you will take all. If you take all, you will also face the repercussions.”
He claimed that because the defensive wall still proved to be impossible to breach, God had blessed Rivers State so greatly that he would not allow its enemies to succeed.
“You can not fight anybody God has blessed. God has blessed Rivers. Anybody fighting Rivers State, you are fighting yourself. Nobody can intimidate us. No one State in this country can intimidate Rivers.
“If you want to fight us, we will fight you to the last. If you want to make peace with us, we will make peace with you to the last. But thinking that anybody will come and intimidate us and then we will chicken out, that is not possible,” Wike added.
Sen. George Sekibo, for example, was criticized by Governor Wike for allegedly working against the interests of Rivers State. Wike questioned what advantages Sekibo might bring to his constituents.
When recalling how he (Wike) allegedly stopped Mr. Akin Fakorede, a former SARS Commander in Rivers, from delaying Sekibo’s 2015 senatorial election and paying legal fees through the election tribunal on his behalf, the Rivers governor accused Sekibo of being an unappreciative politician who believes only he should be the leading light in his community.
As he announced the award of the contract for the construction of the Eli Town Landing Jetty and Eteo-Ogu Road in the Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, he said it was time for the people of Rivers to bravely stand up to those acting against the interests of the State.
In order for the consolidation team led by Siminialayi Fubara, the PDP governorship candidate, to triumph at the polls, he urged the Ogu/Bolo people to enthusiastically cast all of their votes for the PDP and return projects from which they had benefited.
The Ogu/Bolo delegation, which also included King Acheseinimie Frank, Amayanabo of Bolo Ama, and State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs Boma Iyaye, commended the governor for serving as an example for all Rivers residents and pledged widespread support for the PDP in the upcoming elections.