Desperate politicians are plotting for the PDP ticket against the interests of Nigerians, says Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the People’s Democratic Party will not give their presidential ticket to any candidate who only serves the interests of the wealthy few in Nigeria.
It was then that he revealed that some desperate politicians were already plotting for a candidate who would not serve the interests of the many, but rather the interests of the wealthy few.
According to Assistant Governor Kelvin Ebiri, Wike made the claim at a grand reception held in his honor by people of Kalabari ethnic nationality at the grounds of Abalama School in Asari Toru Local Government Area. Saturday.
At the ceremony, Wike was given the traditional title of Se-Ibidokibo of the Kalabari country (One who does good things for the Kalabari people) and was portrayed by the Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Gboko Desreal Bob-manuel.
He said, “No group can make the PDP give someone who will want to run for office for the benefit of some great men, and not for all Nigerians.
“Anyone who wants to be a PDP candidate must be a candidate for the benefit of Nigerians.”
According to Ebiri, Wike expressed concern that some companies in the country continue to show steady annual financial profits in a declining national economy at the expense of the poor.
Ebiri said: “Governor Wike felt that such benefits, invariably, shared only by the rich, make them richer, while the majority of the people of the country, who are poor, become poorer.
“He reiterated that Southern stakeholders will soon make a declarative statement regarding the 2023 presidential election.”
Wike is quoted as saying, “The day the South speaks, Nigeria will tremble. We believe in the unity of this country, but no one can threaten us. No one should threaten us. We believe in the unity of Nigeria and the unity of Nigeria must continue.
Ebiri said the governor had ridiculed Rivers politicians serving in the regime of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret’d), for their blatant failure to attract federal government projects to the state.
He continued, “Regarding the next governorship of Rivers State, Governor Wike said that everyone has the right to aspire to be the next governor, but that person must demonstrate ability for the position. and be willing to protect the interests of the state.
“He told the people of Kalabari, in particular, that they had not done well in loving each other and working in unity.
“Governor Wike said only a united people who can speak with one voice can rise up to make demands. He therefore urged them to put their house in order.
“The Governor has announced the extension of the Trans Kalabari Highway Phase One project completion date by two months due to the loss period when laborers were abducted from the site.
“He revealed that if state finances improve, his administration could award phase two of the Trans Kalabari road before he leaves office next year.
“The Governor, while canceling the Kalabari National College reconstruction contract due to planned policies, announces the release of additional funds for the area’s Maryhood Girls Secondary School to expedite its completion.
“In his welcome address, Rivers State Elders Forum President, Chief Ferdinand Anabraba explained that the grand reception is important for two reasons; of its critical importance to them as a people and also because of the unity of purpose engendered between them under Wike’s administration
“He said it was this kind of reception held for prominent sons and friends that made an impact on the Kalabari people.
“Chief Anabraba noted that Governor Wike has consistently delivered on all promises made to them, including those for development projects and the appointment of the Kalabari people into his administration.
“He listed some of the completed or ongoing projects to include Phase 1 of the Trans-Kalabari road project, other administration pledges but not delivered for over 17 years, rehabilitation and equipping of hospitals in area and general, secondary schools, Abonnema ring road, sand filling in the communities of Obonoma, Abonnema, Bakana and Oboama, Abalama.
“Speaking also, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Nimi Briggs, felt that the Kalabari people have contributed enthusiastically and with relentless vigor to the growth and development of Rivers State. and Nigeria.
“It therefore follows, in his view, that it is appropriate and should be seen as a good thing for the Kalabari people to expect a return for the dues they have paid.
“For his part, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs said the Kalabari people expect Governor Wike to also ensure that the Kalabari people are out of the political wilderness by 2023.
“A human rights activist, Ann Kio-Briggs noted that Rivers State, although a complex place to govern, does not mean that people do not like each other.
“She however insisted on greater unity among the people while urging Governor Wike not to slack off on what he is doing for the Kalabari people, the state and the region.”
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