Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike has tasked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to treat the South-South geopolitical zone with fairness, justice and equity.
The governor noted that having consistently voted for the PDP since 1999, the party cannot at this crucial moment ignore the South-South’s contribution to its success.
Governor Wike issued the warning during the meeting of PDP stakeholders in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Wike charged his colleagues, the National Assembly members and other stakeholders from the South-South zone to set aside their differences in the overall interest of the PDP.
“The South-South is the pillar of the PDP. If the South-South is the pillar of the PDP, they must be treated with fairness, justice and equity. It is not only when it comes to working, it is not only when it comes to giving votes, that we will all remember that the South-South is the pillar. When it also comes in terms of sharing, they should remember that this is the pillar of the party.”
“We have all said that Nigerians are waiting for PDP to take over in 2023. That is true. But we cannot take over if we are not united. We cannot take over if we don’t work together.”
“It is for us to put our house together and make Nigerians proud. Because if we don’t take over in 2023, Nigerians will never forgive PDP. All the opportunity abounds, and so we must take this opportunity and make Nigerians happy.”
The governor said PDP had realised its past mistakes and, when given another opportunity, will not take Nigerians for granted as the ruling APC is doing today.
“Now that Nigerians have opened the door for us, we must make Nigerians happy. This APC government is a government of excuses. Every morning, one excuse. Every afternoon, one excuse, and in the night, one excuse. I’ve never seen a party that makes a promise without fulfilling the promise.”
Governor Wike said the Federal Government’s declaration that it has deleted Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act smacks of corruption.
Present at the meeting were Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Douye Diri (Bayelsa).
Other dignitaries in attendance included PDP national vice-chairman (South-South), Chief Dan Orbih; Senator George Sekibo; House of Reps Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu; former Deputy Speaker House of Reps, Austin Opara; Board of Trustee member, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, former governors of Cross River and Rivers states, Senator Liyel Imoke and Sir Celestine Omehia among others.