Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said governors and others defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lack conscience and cannot be trusted.
The governor said it was ludicrous and hypocritical of the APC to demonise the PDP and then still turn around to poach members of the same party.
Governor Wike, while speaking at the flag off of Woji-Aleto-Alesa-Refinery Road and bridge with spur to the East-West Road at Woji town on Tuesday, asserted that those defecting from PDP after riding on the back of the party to power, have proven that they are treacherous.
“People who could not win ordinary election. The party used technicality and went to court and got victory. Now, they say they are leaving the party. Hopeless, shameless human beings. People who have no conscience,” Wike said in unquestioned reference to Matawalle who became governor on technicalities after the APC was disqualified from all elections in the state.
Wike spoke as Matawalle formally defected from the PDP to the APC following the path of Governors Dave Umahi and Ben Ayade of Ebonyi and Cross River States.
Governor Wike accused the APC led government of blackmailing and coercing some PDP governors and members to join the ruling party. He reiterated that no amount of blackmailing or intimidation will make him leave the PDP.
“Bring everything you have against me, I will not join you. Rivers state will not join you. Even if it is only Rivers state in this country, we will continue to be Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Wike said it is on record that APC chieftain, Dakuku Peterside, who hails from Opobo and was a Commissioner of Works, failed to complete the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity road due to his abysmal performance.
On the contrary, he who is from Obio-Akpor council, has successfully completed the road and will inaugurate it on Saturday.
He further dared Peterside, who as the DG of NIMASA, the cabotage office was relocated from Port Harcourt to Lagos, to declare what the state benefitted during his reign in NIMASA.
Senator Theodore Orji , who performed the flag off of the Woji-Aleto-Alesa-Refinery Road commended Governor Wike for running an inclusive government and executing projects that impact positively on the people of Rivers State.
“God specially packaged you to be the governor of Rivers State. And to show them that there is God, whatever you are doing is from the inspiration of God. Don’t relent.”
Senator Orji, who was the immediate past governor of Abia State, described Governor Wike as a solid political rock in the PDP that has remained as terror to the ruling party.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Special Projects, George-Kelly D. Alabo, said the road will connect the Woji-Aleto-Alesa to the East West road and boost economic activities in the affected communities.