Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has said the recent vote of confidence passed in the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu by members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party will not save him.
The Governor mocked the ousted National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, for reportedly jubilating over the NEC’s decision and reminded him that a similar vote of confidence did not save him.
Wike insisted that the NEC’s position would not dissuade him and others from insisting that the prevailing structural imbalance within the party must be addressed.
Wike said: “I was listening and watching, they said there is one man they call Secondus. They said he was dancing, celebrating that NEC gave their person vote of confidence.
“He forgets history. Ask him the same NEC through Aliyu Babangida moved a motion of vote of confidence supported by the same person, Ndudi Elumelu. They gave you (Secondus) a vote of confidence, what happened? You left office.
“We don’t fight and go back. If you like you can have as many 20 votes of confidence, it’s not my business. My business is to make sure the right thing is done, and the right thing must be done. Whether today or tomorrow.”
Wike said despite the heightening political aligning and negotiations that were going on, his administration had not abandoned governance in the State.
“So, the eyes can see what we have done. Up till today, we have never abandoned governance. So many people are already rounding up, taking the last they have but yet, we are still committed in commissioning, and flagging off projects.
He said: “PDP is a household name in Rivers State. Let me assure you that we will all work with you. Nothing like somebody who has been there since and somebody who has just come back. The more the merrier.
“So, all of us must put hands together to make sure our governorship candidate, the National Assembly candidates, the House of Assembly candidates, at least from Rivers State, we return them 100 percent. That’s our primary duty.”
The Governor dismissed efforts by other political candidates as mere attempt to appear on the ballot because there was no hope of winning for them.
“Because, what will any Rivers man or woman be saying that he or she wants to vote for any other person in Rivers State. As a party, we have kept faith with our people. As a party we have stood for our people. As a party, we have never allowed intimidation from any quarter and that is what we are talking about the interest of Rivers State.
Wike said a new strategy would be adopted for the coming political season to replace “political big men” with people at the grassroots.
According to him, those who are domicile with their people will be utilised to deliver their units and wards during the general elections.
Akawor said that the defectors from the other political parties had witnessed the unequal transformational performance of Wike in office.
He listed the establishment of the Nabo Graham Douglas campus of Nigerian Law School in the State, the Real Madrid Academy and Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Diagnostics and Treatment Centre among other reputable projects for the reasons why the defectors had returned to the PDP.
Speaking on behalf of defectors from Rivers South East Senatorial District, a former member of All Progressives Congress (APC) Board of Trustees, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja said they had a regrettable unsuccessful political expedition while in their former parties, but had retraced their steps back to the PDP on self volition.
Jaja described Wike as a compassionate, loving and graceful leader, who was created to do good for the people.
On behalf of defectors from Rivers East Senatorial District, Princewill Dike said he was a sad man while he served as chief propagandist for the APC because the numerous developmental strides of Wike were too visible to be a lie. Continue Reading