Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, has issued a warning to cabals allegedly attempting to thwart the February 25 and March 11 general elections, telling them to abandon their plot and to reject any form of “interim government.”
The governor issued a warning on Saturday during a campaign in the state’s Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area.
“Let nobody try to scuttle this election,” he warned.
Wike’s statement came less than 24 hours after Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, campaigned in Ekiti and accused a diabolical plot to generate a crisis that will cause the poll on February 25 to be delayed and disrupted.
A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wike criticized the Federal Government over the lack of three newly redesigned naira notes, claiming that he thinks President Muhammadu Buhari was tricked into approving the practice.
Wike said, “This policy (naira redesign) is targeted at making people angry so that they will demonstrate and riot and then the election be postponed. Then, they will introduce an interim government.
“No matter the provocation, don’t protest. This election will hold. This election is by the PVCs. This election is not an election of cabals; it is an election of Nigerians.”
The country’s enemies, according to the former minister, are those who support the currency redesign during the election campaign.
Additionally, he criticized the Federal Government for the shortage of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), generally known as gasoline.
He said, “You said you want to remove the old currency but we have not seen the new ones. Can you buy fuel? Can you buy anything to eat again? Now, tell me, would you vote for anybody who loves Nigeria and is running for election, who supports this CBN policy?” He asked party supporters chorused “No”.
“Those supporting this kind of thing are enemies of Nigeria. I believe that they did not tell President Buhari the correct thing because me and the President are going the same time – May 29, the same time, nobody will stay one day more than the other,” he added.
But the governor asserted that he thought the President would act to ease the suffering of the people.
“So, I know the man will like to finish well and go and I won’t see what is bad and not advise him. Those plotting all these things are those who don’t like him. But I believe he will hear the cries of Nigerians,” he said.