The Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, has explained why the ongoing campaigns for candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State does not include the party’s presidential candidate.
Wike said that the reason was that there is yet no understanding brokered for such level of support to be given by the state.
The governor stated this in Bonny Town during the Local Government Campaign Flag-off Rally that was organised by the Rivers State PDP Campaign Council on Tuesday.
“Go home and have it on your mind that the PDP in Rivers State, we have taken governorship, we have taken the senatorial, we have taken the House of Representatives and we have taken the House of Assembly.
“That is the election we are doing here. These are the ones (candidates) who told me to come and campaign for them. No other person told me to campaign for him.
“I can’t force myself to campaign for you when you have not asked for it. These ones (candidates) have told me, so, I’ve come here to campaign. If somebody asks you to work for him, you’ll work for him. But if they don’t want you to work for them, will you force them?” Wike told Bonny people.
He stressed that that anybody who says Rivers is inconsequential will suffer repercussion for ignoring the state.
The governor enjoined all residents in the state to rest assured that no intimidation and propaganda can cause a distraction from the political path that has been so chosen.
“Any person who says Rivers State is not important, we will pepper him. Anybody who says he doesn’t regard Rivers State, we will not regard such person.
“There’s nothing like propaganda, nothing like intimidation because nobody can intimidate us. We are very, very solid. We are very strong.
“No state can point at us to determine what will happen here. Nobody can do such. So, be bold to say, I’m from Rivers State. I live in Rivers and I am happy with Rivers. What is important is our state which we have collected.
Wike said it was ludicrous for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to campaign in the state after President Muhammadu Buhari, who is their leader, already adjudged the PDP-led government in Rivers as the best in infrastructure delivery in the country.
On his achievement in office, Wike said 12 flyovers were built within four years, in addition to other development projects that have been delivered.
“All these people who say they are campaigning, what are they campaigning for? President Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of APC said I am the best as far as development is concerned. What nature of campaign will they be doing again?” the governor said.