PDP, stakeholders will choose my successor – Wike

April 11, 2021
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PORT HARCOURT – The Rivers State gov­ernor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said that the People’s Democratic Par­ty (PDP) stakeholders in the state will meet at the appropriate time and de­cide his successor.

He stated that no one single person had the monopoly to decide where the governorship position of the party would be zoned to.

Wike made the asser­tion during the grand fi­nale of the PDP local gov­ernment campaign for the 17 April council election that held at State School 1, Bori, Khana LGA on Saturday.

“I don’t want to talk about politics of who is from here and who is not from there. At the ap­propriate time the PDP family will sit down, the leaders of the party will sit down and look at ev­erything together and then take a decision, not one man and even me as a governor cannot say this is where we are zoning it to.

“You cannot say that. It is not your father’s prop­erty. So, nobody should panic. It is not for one man who thinks he owns Rivers State.

“Somebody said he is going to give governor­ship slot to the Kalabaris, now it’s no longer to the Kalabaris, but to the riv­erine area.”

He used the occasion to reiterate that the All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) -led Federal Government had failed Nigerians by not keeping to its social contract with the people of the country.

Accordingly, he had called on Nigerians not to listen any longer to emp­ty promises of APC poli­ticians who made prom­ises of ensuring that the naira and the dollar were equivalent, create jobs for the youths and contain in­surgency, but failed to live up to their promises.

“Time has come when you make a promise to the people you must fulfill the promise. Time has come that we can no longer lis­ten to empty promises of politicians like what the ruling party is doing to­day.

“When they came in 2015 they told Nigerians that the Naira and Dollar will be equal. N1 to $1. Today, what is the equiva­lent, N500 to $1? They said they will create jobs, to­day Nigeria has the high­est unemployment rate in Africa 33 percent.

“While would there not be crisis? They said when they come they would make sure insurgency stopped. See what we are passing through today in this country. Every day, killing upon killing. So, they have failed us.”

The governor, who not­ed that PDP was the party to reckon with as it always kept to its promises with the people, pointed out that there was no Local Government Area in the state that his administra­tion had not impacted.

Wike explained that when he was campaigning for the office of governor of Rivers State, he prom­ised to dualise the Saakp­enwa-Bori road.

He stated that he had not only kept the prom­ise, his administration had further awarded con­tract for the second phase of the road which started from Bori to Kono.

“I have told you again that we are going to du­alise from Bori to Kono. That has been awarded and it is not just to award it, the money is there. Ev­ery month, N1 billion will be given to the contractor.

“So, the contractor has no business to say that there is no money. And it must be completed in 14 months.”

“So, PDP can go to any Local Government and we can identify one thing or two that we have done for the people. There is no Local Government in this state that can say that PDP has not made impact.”

The governor urged the people of Khana to remain focused steadfast and shun those bragging to use security to manip­ulate the 2023 elections in the state.

He continued: “All these bragging of using security, Nigeria is quite aware now. With the con­sciousness of Nigerians, it will be difficult now for you to use security agencies to manipulate election. Now, SARS is no more. Is SARS not gone? You think the Army will come again, after all what they have seen.”

He urged the PDP chairmanship candidate of Khana Local Govern­ment Area, Dr. Bariere Thomas, to ensure that he delivered democratic dividends to the people of the area as well as en­sure that he would reside at the Council to govern the people.

The governor also ad­vised him not to balkanise the party with his posi­tion, but rather to ensure the unity of the party. He called on the people to come out en masse and vote for all PDP candi­dates on April 17.

“It is not the people of Port Harcourt that will vote for you. It is the peo­ple of Khana. Stay in your local government and gov­ern the people.

“We want to decongest Port Harcourt and part of the way for us to do that is for you to stay in Bori and govern the people that voted for you.

“Again, now that you are going to be chairman, don’t split the political family. Allow the politi­cal family to be together. I don’t want anybody to divide the political fami­ly in any of the local gov­ernments.”

In his goodwill mes­sage, Senator Lee Maeba noted the developmental strides of Governor Wike in Ogoniland, saying he needs promotion and also urged the PDP chairman­ship candidate to unify the party.

The Senator represent­ing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Sen­ator Barry Mpigi said the people of Ogoni are satis­fied with the development put in place by Governor Wike in Khana and the en­tire Ogoni.

Also speaking, the House of Representa­tives member, repre­senting Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency, Dumnamene Dekor said he was a living testimo­ny of the developmental strides of the governor in Khana.

In his remarks, the PDP chairmanship candidate for Khana Local Govern­ment Area, Dr. Bariere Thomas, promised to tackle the issue of inse­curity, cultism, and estab­lishment of ICT centres in the 19 wards of the LGA.

High point of the cam­paign was the defection of former Deputy Speaker of the State House of As­sembly, Dr. Befii Charles Nwile, and his support­ers from the APC to PDP. They were received by the state chairman of the PDP, Ambassador Des­mond Akawor.

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