Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has said of his alleged absolute control over the electorate in the state amid the feud between him and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
Both have been in open dispute after Atiku passed over Wike for the Vice presidential candidate of the PDP and picked the Governor of Delta State Ifenyi Okowa, a choice that is polarising the party and has caused strong disaffection among its chieftains.
On this subject in question, the Rivers governor made the claim in response to the former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido’s prodding Atiku to call Wike’s bluff in an interview with Channels Television.
Reacting via a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, the fiery governor said, “When he (Wike) speaks, Rivers people(electorate) will listen, no doubt.”
The full statement, ” We have observed with disgust the disdainful remarks made by a former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, about Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, during his recent interview on Channels television.
“While we cannot deny that Alhaji Lamido has an inalienable right to his personal opinion, we wish to declare that he, however, lacks the right to malign governor Wike, whose immense contributions to the sustenance of the PDP are not in dispute.
“It is rather appalling that at a time when concerted efforts are being made by lovers of true democracy and the unity of the party, to resolve some inherent contradictions plaguing the PDP, Alhaji Lamido and his cohorts, who have since lost their relevance in the polity, are busy creating friction and schism.
“But as the leader of the PDP and good people of Rivers State, anyone who underrates the governor’s political pedigree or dares to ignore his influence in the State and beyond will be doing so at his own peril.
“We wish to remind Alhaji Lamido that governor Wike has never left anyone in doubt about his capacity to sway the voters in Rivers State in a direction that benefits the people and the State, in the overall.
“When he speaks, Rivers people will listen, no doubt. Perhaps, Alhaji Lamido thinks Nigerians are suffering from selective amnesia to have forgotten in a hurry the ignoble role he and his cohorts played between 2014 and 2015, that culminated in the defeat of the PDP in the 2015 general elections.
“We hope that he is not involved in such a scheme again to cause a repeat of that history. Otherwise, if Alhaji Lamido has any modicum of conscience, he won’t be making disparaging comments about governor Wike, whom many have described as the pillar of the PDP since 2015.”