The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said on Saturday the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not give its presidential ticket to someone who would not serve the interest of Nigerians.
Wike, according to a statement issued by his media aide, Kelvin Ebri, stated this during a grand reception organised for him by the people of Kalabari ethnic nationality at the Abalama School field in Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state.
He stressed that the party would not surrender its ticket to selfish politicians.
The governor said: “The day the south will speak, Nigeria will shake. We believe in the unity of this country, but nobody can threaten us. Nobody should threaten us. We believe in the unity of Nigeria and the unity of Nigeria must continue.
“No amount of gang-up can make PDP give somebody who will want to run an election for the interest of some big men, and not for all Nigerians.
“Anybody who wants to be the candidate of PDP must be a candidate for the interest of Nigerians.”
Wike, who is one of the PDP presidential aspirants, had a few days ago rejected the consensus arrangement being brandished by the quartet of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed and former Managing Director of FSB International Bank, Alhaji Mohammed Hayatudeen ahead of the party’s presidential primary slated for next month.
The governor, who addressed the party’s delegates in Cross River, said: “I am not here for any consensus rubbish. I have told people not to deceive our party members with fake news about consensus. We all believe in consensus, but it must come with equity, justice, and fairness.”
He also condemned the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government for poor management of the country in the last seven years.
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