Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has expressed his displeasure in a highly revealing statement in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Infuriated by the moves made by some Presidential aspirants in the PDP to shift the venue of the presidential primaries away from Port-Harcourt, Wike said anyone who undermines the power of the state will not be spared.
He revealed that the state never begged nor struggled to have the primaries held in Port Harcourt but was given by the PDP and is an opportunity that will raise the economy of the state. He further disclosed that taking it away from Port Harcourt some days to the D-day is a move that many will regret ever making.
He said this while hosting Dankwambo who came on a visit to identify with party members and seek their support for the upcoming primaries.
Wike said; “Let me warn the party, if you dare, Rivers State will teach the party a lesson. Those days have passed when they took Rivers State for granted. Nobody can use and dump Rivers State.
“No presidential aspirant can use and dump Rivers State. We never lobbied for it, we never asked for it, but it will boost the economy of the state. People will make money.
“Those who are against Rivers people from making money to improve their businesses, will not get our support.”
Wike gave a hint of his targeted audience when he revealed that whether the National Convention holds in Jigawa or Adamawa, the winner preferred by the delegates will emerge. Presidential aspirant, Sule Lamido comes from Jigawa State while Atiku Abubakar comes from Adamawa State.
“I don’t know why anyone who wants to be president, will be afraid of a venue. Then you are not prepared for the election.
￼“Nobody should dare Rivers State any longer. Enough is enough. PDP should know that we are not a punching bag. We are not a people you can use and push. We are not harlots. Whenever you want, you come. When you finish, you push us aside.
“We will retaliate at the appropriate time. When you go, tell your colleagues, the presidential aspirants. We were not interested, but having given it to us, you cannot insult us,” Governor Wike said.
The governor pointed out that there are individuals who do not have the wherewithal to become the President but are sailing because the Presidency has been zoned to the North.
He expressed his bewilderment at why a presidential aspirant would declare that he is uncomfortable with Port Harcourt as a venue, but would love Rivers oil.
He said: “You come here to deceive us about restructuring. Just that Rivers State is a venue, you fight it. Then, when you are there, what will happen? You think we are fools where you preach restructuring, then when you get the position, you abandon restructuring.”
Governor Wike said that at the appropriate time, he will reveal the names of presidential aspirants working with the APC-led federal government to scuttle the presidential primary.
The governor described Governor Dankwambo as eminently qualified to contest the position of President. He said Mr Dankwambo will be considered when Rivers delegates meet to decide on who to support.
Dankwambo had called on Rivers PDP delegates to back his aspiration as he has the capacity to set the country on the path of development and growth.