Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has said he is unfazed by threats of being sacked by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
He dared the party to carry out the threat, stating he would respond appropriately such that happens.
He said he will show his true colour should the PDP sack him.
He spoke at a banquet in honour of G-5 Governors on Friday, November 18, 2022, in Port Harcourt.
The G-5 comprising Governors Seyi Makinde(Oyo); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Samuel Ortom (Benue); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Wike are demanding the resignation of PDP National chairman Dr Iyorchia Ayu for fairness and equity as a condition to support PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in 2023.
They are in Port Harcourt for Saturday kick-off of the PDP campaign in Rivers.
The Governor said: “They say they will sack me. I have been looking for the day they will sack me. Then they sack me, I pepper you. You will know that khaki no be leather”.
He insisted that the G5 governors remained united and could not be broken, as they were bonded to save Nigeria.
Ortom said the G5 was committed to equity, fairness, and justice.
He commended Wike for using project commissioning to unite the country.
Makinde said he remained a proud member of the G5, while Ugwuanyi insisted they were united for justice.
#TheGreatEndorsement: ‘You Have All Characteristics To Lead Nigeria’ – Gov Wike Tells Peter Obi
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Thursday, November 17, 2022, said the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi has all the “characteristics” to lead Nigeria.
Wike also pledged to provide logistics support for the presidential campaigns of Obi, a former Anambra State governor.
The Rivers governor made this known in Port Harcourt, the state capital, at the venue of the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover inauguration.
“Each time you want to campaign in the state, let me know, all the logistics support, we will give to you,” Wike told Obi.
“I know you as a person, you have all the criteria, you have all the characteristics to lead this country, you have it. Nobody can deny that for you.”
Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed were in the state capital to commission the 9th flyover by the present administration. They were excitedly received by a large crowd of their supporters known as ‘Obidients’.
For months, Wike and four other governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have demanded the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu as PDP national chairman as a precondition to support the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
While Wike and his allies have not been seen to campaign for Atiku, it is not clear whether they will support Obi, or Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the contest for Aso Rock’s top job which has been described by analysts and keen observers as a three-horse race.
Wike Invites Peter Obi, Buhari, Other To Commission Project In Rivers State
Governor Nyesom Wike of River State has invited President Muhammadu Buhari and former Governor Adams Oshiomole, among others for projects commissioning in Rivers state.
The commissioning has been scheduled as a week-long programme commencing today Monday, November 14, and expected to end on Friday, November 18, 2022.
Wike also invited prominent members of opposition political parties including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP) to the programme, tagged, “Fourth Quarter 2022 Project Commissioning.”
Buhari is expected to commission the Nabo Graham Douglas Campus, Nigerian Law School, in Obio/Akpor on Friday.
Oshiomhole is expected to commission the Rumuepirikom Flyover in Obio-Akpor on Wednesday while Obi will inaugurate the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Aside from Buhari and Oshiomole, Wike also invited the LP’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi; and Emir of Kano, HRH Aminu Ado Bayero for the the project commissioning.
The monarch is scheduled to inaugurate the Dr Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers on Monday.
Recall that this is not the first time Wike will be inviting stalwarts of the opposition party to commission projects in Rivers.
In August, Wike invited Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state to inaugurate the Orochiri-Worukwo (Waterline Junction) flyover in Port Harcourt.
Also, in October, Wike was invited by the Lagos State Government to a women’s conference, where he endorsed APC’s Sanwo-Olu for second term.
Wike’s action had riled PDP governorship candidate in Lagos, Olajide Adediran better known as Jandor.
The Rivers governor and four other PDP governors known as the G5 have demanded the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, saying northerners should not be the PDP national chairman and presidential candidate.
But, Ayu, a Benue indigene, has insisted that he won’t step down till the end of his four-year tenure, even as the G5 made his resignation a precondition to support Adamawa-born Atiku Abubakar’s 2023 presidential ambition.
Recall also that Wike and his allies have not been seen at the campaigns of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku.
Source: The Nation