Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will win in the upcoming general elections based on the votes of the populace, not rumour mongers.
He characterised certain leaders’ backing for Atiku as meaningless; particularly if they aren’t striving to turn out the base in favour of the PDP.
The Rivers State helmsman made this known on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at the opening of the state government’s newly constructed Government VIP Lounge at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Wike expressed regret that some politicians located in Abuja took joy in making accusations against him in order to get the support of the PDP presidential candidate in a statement released by his special assistant for media, Kevin Ebiri.
He said, “We are busy campaigning with our projects on how our party will win election in the state. Other people are busy in Abuja carrying rumours and gossip. We are busy here (in Rivers) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We’ll start Monday again, flagging off projects, and commissioning projects that will sell our party.
“Everyday in the newspapers, Wike did this, Wike did that, then they will call the candidate. You see what I said about Wike today. Rent seekers. No job. Instead of you to do something that will make your party win 2023 elections, you’re only busy everyday (saying) Wike said this. Where you heard from Wike I do not know. Maybe in your dream.
“You want to support the candidate, you’re not at home, you’re in Abuja. Come home and campaign and work for the party. Stop this Abuja politics of carrying rumours to the candidate.”
Governor Wike said any party that wants to win elections “cannot be on their own be causing a problem for themselves.”
Wike said his administration had continued to inaugurate projects that serve as evidence of fulfilled electoral promises.
“We have said that whatever promise we have made, we are going to fulfil them before we leave office on May 29th, 2023.
“And let me say, only one person can be a minister from the state. I would not be a minister. I am not a liability. Rivers State is an asset. If you don’t want to win an election, it is your business.
“I am not running for election. He who wears the shoe knows where it pinches. So, allow Rivers State to continue to do what they are doing by using our projects to campaign to our people.”