Rivers State PDP Governorship Aspirant, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that he has never participated in any meeting where zoning of the governorship position was agreed upon, saying that he is in the governorship race as a collective will of the Rivers people.
Barrister Wike spoke in Port Harcourt during an interactive session with correspondents of national newspapers covering Rivers State.
He challenged anyone with the records of such an agreement to make it public. He noted that all the claims by some politicians on this issue were their personal opinions.
The former Minister of State for Education stated that the spread of his associates and supporters cut across the 23 local government areas of the state, stressing that he would win both the PDP governorship primary and general election all over the state.
He said contrary to insinuations in certain quarters, he would not spend his time probing the outgoing administration when elected as Rivers State is in dire need of development on the fast lane after years of non performance.
Asked whether he would commence negotiations with 16 aggrieved governorship aspirants of the PDP, Barrister Wike said the said aspirants posed no threat to the victory of PDP, hence there is no need to negotiate weigh them.
He said: “The beauty of democracy is that people are talking.
I discuss when there is threat for the PDP. Why should I discuss when the governor bought form for most of them?”
Commenting on recent developments in the APC, Barrister Wike stated that the actions of outgoing governor Amaechi has vindicated him, as he has proved that he is not trustworthy by deceiving the Ogoni people after years of promises that he will cede the governorship position to them.
He said that Governor Amaechi made the choice of Dakuku Peterside because he was desperate to have an aspirant who will protect him over his massive financial maladministration, alleged corruption and administrative recklessness.
Wike, however, added that Amaechi’s choice has enhanced his chances as he would meet very little opposition across the state in view of his antecedents, performance in previous offices held and insistence on the welfare of all the people of Rivers State.
On some political leaders who threaten anarchy if he emerges as the governor, Wike advised Rivers people to disregard their threats as it would amount to nothing. He added that no peaceful leader would use the word anarchy as every society needs peace to develop.
The frontline PDP governorship aspirant noted that in a democracy the people should be allowed to decide their choice. He said from his consultations, he knows the people will vote him enmasse as they prefer development to the present situation of stagnation.
Special Assistant ( Media) to Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, PDP Governorship Aspirant, Rivers State.