Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders in the State will meet at the appropriate time and decide his successor.
He stated that no one single person has the monopoly to decide where the Governorship position of the party will be zoned to.
Governor Wike made the assertion on his successor during the grand finale of the PDP local government campaign for the 17 April council election that held at State School 1, Bori, Khana LGA on Saturday.
“I don’t want to talk about politics of who is from here and who is not from there. At the appropriate time the PDP family will sit down, the leaders of the party will sit down and look at everything together and then take a decision, not one man and even me as a Governor can say this is where we are zoning it to.
You cannot say that. It is not your father’s property. So nobody should panic. It is not for one man who thinks he owns Rivers State. Somebody said he is going to give governorship slot to the Kalabaris, now it’s no longer to the Kalabaris, but to the riverine area.”
Besides stating how his successor will emerge, Wike used the occasion to reiterate that the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government has failed Nigerians by not keeping to its social contract with the people of the country.
“When they came in 2015 they told Nigerians that the Naira and Dollar will be equal. N1 to one dollar. Today what is the equivalent, N500 to 1Dollar. They said they will create jobs, today Nigeria has the highest unemployment rate in Africa 33 percent. While would there not be crisis. They said when they come they will make sure insurgency is stopped, see what we are passing through today in this country. Everyday, killing upon killing. So, they have failed us.”
The Governor urged the people of Khana to remain focus steadfast and shun those bragging to use security to manipulate the 2023 elections in the state.
Wike who was successor to Rotimi Amaechi as governor used the opportunity to shade him, saying: “All these bragging of using security, Nigeria is quite aware now. With the consciousness of Nigerians, it will be difficult now for you to use security agencies to manipulate election. Now SARS is no more. Is SARS not gone. You think the Army will come again, after all what they have seen.”
He urged the PDP Chairmanship candidate of Khana Local Government Area, Dr. Bariere Thomas to ensure that he delivers democratic dividends to the people of the area as well as ensure that he resides at the Council to govern the people.
In his remarks, the PDP Chairmanship candidate for Khana Local Government Area, Dr. Bariere Thomas promised to tackle the issue of insecurity, cultism, and establishment of ICT centres in the 19 wards of the LGA.
The decision of Wike to use the opportunity to speak on how his successor will emerge is bound to interest stakeholders in the PDP.
The high point of the campaign was the defection of former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr. Befii Charles Nwile, and his supporters from the APC to PDP. They were received by the State Chairman of the PDP, Ambassador Desmond Akawor.