Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that votes of the electorate must count in the 2023 general elections.
Governor Wike made the comment at the inauguration of the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover, the 9th so far constructed and completed by his administration. Peter Obi, the labour party presidential candidate performed the inauguration in Mile two Diobu, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
“All they want to do, let us get the opportunity to come back to power. Nigerians, we must open our eyes. You (politicians) must sell yourself; this is me. You must not sell yourself because you belong to a major ethnic group. Every vote in this country will count.
“Time is over when anybody thinks that you can win election because you’re from so and so place. Nigeria has past that stage. We want a Nigeria that all of us believe that we are from here. We want a Nigeria that I have hope that I can become anything tomorrow, not because I came from a small place.”
The political actors, governor Wike noted also condemned the situation where all the service chiefs are people from one section of the country.
“Some people come to tell me support so and so persons and I ask them do you know him? When I hear people go to town hall meetings and they say all kinds of things they say. They said they will implement restructuring. They will make sure that every zone will have a member in the security council. That, it is not good for one zone to produce all the security chiefs. You see that, but it is good for one zone to occupy all party positions. You see how Nigerians are? You see how we are?”
“Those who are threatening me are those who destroyed PDP and made us lose election in 2015. I stood firm in this party when this party was to die. Peter Obi, you were there in the party then.
“I was the one with my friends who supported this party. Those who left the party are the ones coming to tell me that I want to scatter the party when you(they) have scattered the party and made us lose election in 2015. Now we are in opposition. Who put us in opposition?”
Governor Wike commended Peter Obi for leaving the PDP and the frustrations meted at him to pursue his political ambition.
Governor Wike, however, restated his resolve to remain in the PDP, and doggedly fight those he described as vampire, armed robbers, and scavengers.
“I will not leave. I will stay here, I will fight the vampires, I will fight hyaenas, I will fight the scavengers. I will not leave this house. I will never allow armed robbers to take over my house. I am going to stay to chase away the armed robbers.”
Governor Wike offered to provide logistic support to Mr Peter Obi whenever he visits Rivers State for his presidential campaign.
Peter Obi expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for his large heart to extend an invitation to him to open the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover for use by the public.
“Nobody in this country can doubt your performance. Anybody who does so, does not admit what is good. You have worked for your people, you have worked for Nigeria and you have done everything anybody could achieve. Most importantly, you have remained consistently consistent in the positions you have taken.
“What is lacking in our country today is character, competence, and capacity. In all these, you have shown it as a State governor.”