Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has threatened the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential aspirants opposed to the use of Rivers State as the convention venue for the party’s presidential primaries, saying there would be dire consequences should the venue be changed.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had fixed the convention scheduled for October 6 in Port Harcourt, but some of the presidential aspirants have kicked against it.
There are reports that the reason for their opposition is that Wike, an influential power broker in the party, has a preferred candidate, which many believe to be Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal, and would exert his influence at the detriment of the other aspirants.
While receiving Ibrahim Dankwambo, Governor of Gombe State and one of the presidential aspirants, on Wednesday, Wike said Rivers people will not forgive the PDP should the party change the convention venue.
“I don’t know why anyone who wants to be president, will be afraid of a venue. Then you are not prepared for the election,” he said.
“Let me warn the party, if you dare, Rivers State will teach the party a lesson. Those days have passed when they took Rivers State for granted. Nobody can use and dump Rivers State.
“Nobody should dare Rivers State any longer. Enough is enough. PDP should know that we are not a punching bag. We are not a people you can use and push. We are not harlots. Whenever you want, you come. When you finish, you push us aside.
“We will retaliate at the appropriate time. When you go, tell your colleagues, the Presidential Aspirants. We were not interested, but having given it to us, you cannot insult us.
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He reiterated his claim that some of the aspirants have been planted by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to unsettle the PDP.
“You come here to deceive us about restructuring. Just that Rivers State is a venue, you fight it. Then, when you are there, what will happen? You think we are fools where you preach restructuring, then when you get the position, you abandon restructuring,” he said.
Wike said at the right time, he will reveal the names of the aspirants planted by the APC.
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