The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Monday, said his relationship with Governors Seyi Makinde, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Samuel Ortom, Okezie Ikpeazu is on a solid ground, immune from money adding that the four men can’t be turned against him.
The five governors are on the same page in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a fallout of the main opposition’s presidential primary and the decision of its flagbearer, Abubakar Atiku to pick Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate instead of Wike.
The Rivers governor has been at the centre of the crisis and the arrowhead of the five governors’ group.
Reacting to speculation that efforts aimed at convincing Makinde, Ortom, Ugwuanyi and Ikpeazu to abandon him are in top-gear, Wike on Monday while inaugurating the Okezuo Abia Flyover along the Aba -Enugu Expressway in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area, and the rehabilitated Aba- Owerri Road in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State, said the said move was dead on arrival.
According to him, “No relationship can be bought with money. When I read some newspapers, they say some people are making attempts to break ranks. I said do you understand the modus operandi of what we are doing? If they understand the modus operandi, they will not waste their time.
“If you like, go and meet Ikpeazu, if you like go and meet Seyi, if you like go and meet Ortom, if you like go and meet Ugwuanyi. You don’t even understand what we are doing…you are making mistakes,” Wike said.
“Look, nobody should bother about any abuse on me. I’m too much for it. I don’t even know when I’m abused. If they like, let them put everything on social media and abuse me, at the end, we will know who is relevant or not at the appropriate time.
“Politics is not to go on the pages of newspapers. Politics is not to go and buy slot on television and speak.
“It is who will deliver at the appropriate time. That is what is key. If you like abuse me from now until tomorrow, it’s your business.
“What is important is when the time comes we will know. When the jungle matures, we will know those who can stand crisis. We will know those who have capacity to say this is where our state will go.