Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said votes from the state in the 2023 general election will not be given for free or any political party anymore.
Wike spoke at the inauguration of the Etche Campus of the Rivers State University in Abara community of Etche Local Government Area on Tuesday.
He said, “At the appropriate time, we will decide on what to do. I want Rivers people to reflect on this because, since 1999, we have brought the highest votes to the Peoples Democratic Party.
“I challenge any state to say they have brought more votes for the PDP. Which state has given more support than Rivers State? Since 1999, show me one federal project in Rivers State. Is there any?
‘’So, if you want our votes, then tell me what you will give River’s people. Our votes are not for dash anymore.”
He recalled that while some of his colleagues, during the 2019 general elections, negotiated and gave their votes to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Rivers State alone resisted by giving all its votes to the PDP.
He added, “This (federal) government fought us but we survived it. Most of them who are talking now, if this Federal Government had descended on them, most of them would have crumbled.
“They were going to negotiate with Buhari in 2019 and that was how Buhari won the election. They came to me, and I said no negotiation, the PDP must win.
“Some people told me, ‘be careful, they will kill you.’ Kill who? Who told you you will not die first before you reach me? So, those of you panicking, you don’t need to panic.
“If you have God, what are you afraid of? They have chased us, they’ve fought us but today we are standing strong.’’