Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has advised Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to be careful with those around him.
Governor Wike issued the caution at the inauguration of the Rivers State House of Assembly Quarters, which was performed by the Speaker, House of Nigeria’s Representatives, Reps. Femi Gbajabiamila in Port Harcourt on Friday.
He noted that certain politicians within the PDP are working against the success of Atiku at the polls.
Wike said the presidential candidate of the party should focus his energy on governors with the influence to deliver elections for the PDP.
“You’re supposed to be talking about how you will win election. All these rent seekers around him are not doing him any favour. Rather they are trying to make him not win the election. But if that is what they want, I wish them good luck”.
“You see that I am not talking. I am doing my work, so leave me to do my work. Those concocting ideas every day, social media cannot make you win election”.
“Election is about the people and by the people. Let those in Abuja with you (Atiku), tell them to go home and campaign for you to win election. Leave Wike alone, enough is enough.”
Governor Wike recalled that during the 2019 general elections, the same people claiming to love the PDP more now in South-South sabotaged the party’s winning chances in the region.
He lamented that instead of them, particularly the governors, to plot on how to win the 2023 election, they are plotting against him (Wike).
“When I see people talking about PDP today, I say to myself what is going on in this world. In the South-South, they all betrayed us. President Muhammadu Buhari wouldn’t have won the 2019 election because he won’t have had the spread.
“But all the States in the South-South made Buhari have 25 per cent. It was only Rivers State that did not give Buhari 25 per cent, I am challenging anybody on it.”
Governor Wike said the action of those persons who gave President Buhari the winning margin in 2019 invariably also frustrated the winning chances of the PDP candidate then.
Inaugurating the project, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Reps. Femi Gbajabiamila noted that the housing facility will provide conducive residences for members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Gbajabiamila described the project as a worthy achievement that will long impact the performance of the legislature in the state to the credit of the men and women who envisioned and executed it.
“The highest test of our democratic experiment lies in our ability to deliver policies and programmes that improve the lives of our people. And we achieve this objective by building ladders of opportunity that allow them to achieve the highest aspirations of their hearts.