Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that he will be vying for the office of the President of Nigeria under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Governor Wike, who made his intention known in Makurdi, Benue State after a meeting with PDP stakeholders on Sunday, stressed that his priority will be to tackle the festering insecurity in the country and engender rule of law.
“Let me thank the people of Benue for receiving me to come and talk to them.
It is obvious that I am going to run for the presidency of this country. And I am declaring for the first time in Benue State because of my special relationship with them.
People are merely not suspecting, but let it be known today that I am announcing it in Benue State because I have a special relationship with this state,” the Governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri.
Responding to questions from journalists on what he was going to be doing differently if elected President, Governor Wike explained that he will pragmatically tackle the issue of insecurity.
He said service chiefs and heads of other security agencies will be provided with the requisite equipment and incentives to discharge their constitutional obligations.
According to him, they will also be given timeline to tackle the lingering insecurity as his administration will not be disposed to excuses.
“Today, you can’t talk about security in this country and you must understand that without security you can’t talk about governance.
One first thing that anybody who takes an oath of office is sworn to, is that you must protect life and property.
If you can’t protect life and property then you can’t talk about governance. So that major thing is that our people should be alive,” Wike said.
The governor, who condemned the terrorist attack at the Kaduna International Airport over the weekend, said Nigerians urgently need a leader who can address the growing insecurity in the country.
Speaking further, Wike assured that if elected, his administration will engender the rule of law in order to attract more direct foreign investment into the country.
According to him, disregard for the rule of law by the present Buhari-led Federal Government has been one of the banes of direct foreign investment in the country.
“Nobody can bring investments in this country because there is no respect for the rule of law. Nobody obeys court orders. Who will come and invest his money when the court gives its judgement and it will not be obeyed. So, I am going to run for election and victory will be ours.”
Meanwhile, the governor has accused some presidential aspirants who have indicated interest for the party’s ticket as being responsible for PDP’S failure in 2015.
“Those who want to be President now were the problems of the party in 2015. They ran away when the party needed them the most.
But I have stood and worked for this party. I have nowhere to run to because I take it personally that the party should not die. And I challenge anyone in a debate what they did for PDP.”
While soliciting the support of delegates ahead of the PDP’S presidential primary, the governor, said he has all that is required to defeat the All Progressives Congress.
Why Wike will not support Atiku – Fayose
Former Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, has explained why he believes Nyesom Wike will never support the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Mr Fayose, in an exclusive telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said power must shift to the southern part of Nigeria in 2023 after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.
The former governor also recounted how Mr Atiku “promised” to make Mr Wike, the Rivers State governor, his running mate after he was declared winner of the PDP presidential primary election.
According to the former Ekiti governor, Mr Atiku failed to fulfil his promise to Mr Wike when he settled for the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate.
“Wike never said he wanted to be VP, but when Atiku visited him, he was the one who said, ‘I want you to be my VP’. He said that to Wike. If that then changes, is Wike not supposed to be told? Is he not supposed to know?”
He recalled that Mr Atiku had ignored the recommendation of a committee set up by the opposition party to pick his running mate.
“PDP set up a committee to recommend a running mate for the candidate and the committee voted and picked Wike, but they didn’t comply with the recommendation of the committee.”
“If the party is now a one-man show, we will show them that we can resist it. We are with Wike 100 per cent.
“When they need Wike’s money and Wike’s support, they will say, ‘Wike is good enough’. Wike has been injured, but we will remain with him. Whatever he does is what we would do; wherever he asks us to go is where we will go.”
When asked what would happen should Mr Wike ask them to support Mr Atiku, the former governor said: “Wike will never say we should support Atiku.
“Wike cannot come out to say he is supporting Atiku. I dare him to say so; because he knows that whatever he says will haunt him forever. If Wike supports Atiku, we will abandon him.”
Contacted for a response, Paul Ibe, Mr Atiku’s spokesperson, said his principal and the party will continue to appeal to aggrieved persons within their fold to embrace dialogue.
“Because the bigger challenge is winning the election, kicking out the APC and stopping them from the many years of impoverishing our people,” said Mr Ibe.
“It is normal for our people to be aggrieved but the PDP has a way of resolving issues like this and that will be done and we all shall be happy.”
*‘Power to the south’*
On whether the plan is now to technically support the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu, or his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi, Mr Fayose said: “this is not about Bola Tinubu or Obi, but this is about our belief that power must come to the south and it is a struggle we must actualise.
Mr Fayose further explained that “when the June 12 election was cancelled, the presidency was zoned to the southwest to pacify the southwest region.
“When former President Goodluck Jonathan was over staying, it was believed that he was already using the northern slot. So, he was opposed and a northern candidate was installed through the APC.
“This time, it is the turn of the south because Buhari has spent eight years. Why will PDP be insisting that it must again be the turn of the north.”
Mr Fayose also stated that he does not care if his actions are perceived as anti-party activity.
“ What I am saying is, it is the turn of the South, and if they want to expel me, to hell with them. I am not taking money from anyone to belong to this party.
“If they want to rock this boat, we will help them to rock it.”
Source: Premium Times
Shekarau formally defects to NNPP on the floor of the Senate
Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Ibrahim Shekarau, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress and joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The lawmaker in a defection letter read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, informed the chamber that his decision to quit the ruling party was due to marginalization and lack of internal democracy in the Kano Chapter of the APC.
The full text of the letter reads, “I kindly write to formally notify you of my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC), and declaration for the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP).
“My resignation from the APC was born out of the marginalization of all major critical stakeholders, and lack of internal democracy, in the Kano State chapter of the APC, plus the total absence of the principle of inclusiveness in the affairs of the Party and its Government at all levels in the State.
“All efforts to resolve the long protracted crisis in the State, in the last two years, including the involvement of the national Headquarters of the APC, failed due to the non-cooperation of the Kano State Governor and party leadership in the State.
“Consequently, after due consultation with like-minds and millions of our supporters in the State, we decided to withdraw our membership of the APC and moved to the New Nigeria People’s Party.
“Accept, please, my fraternal goodwill and continued cooperation at all times.”
Osun 2022 Guber Poll: Oyetola receives British High Commission team, says APC remains the party to beat
Barely 17 days to the gubernatorial election in Osun, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, has reiterated that his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, remains the party to beat anytime, any day.
He said his outstanding performance across sectors of the economy had earned him the people’s support and soared his popularity and acceptability as manifested in the unfolding events in the last three and a half years he has been paddling the ship of the State.
He warned members of the opposition parties to desist from politics of acrimony, inflammatory commentaries capable of inciting the public and instigating violence. He urged them to play the game according to the laid down rule.
Governor Oyetola spoke while receiving a delegation of the British High Commission on Tuesday, in Osogbo, the State capital.
The Governor noted that his modest achievements and outstanding performance in the last three and a half years have been rated by the people of the State hence the wide acceptance and warm reception he has been experiencing since the commencement of his re-election campaigns across the visited Local Government Areas of the State.
He said his administration has laboured so hard to maintain the tempo of peace which the state is known for through the implementation of people-centred policies and programmes that had impacted positively on the lives of the citizenry particularly the masses who have been the direct beneficiaries of most of his administration’s programmes.
While describing election as a contest that must be seen as a peaceful race by contestants, Oyetola expressed displeasure over the inflammatory comments credited to the gubernatorial candidate of the main opposition party saying such unguided tantrums could trigger violence and cause havoc on the peaceful atmosphere reigning in the State.
He enjoined the local and international electoral observers, particularly the British High Commission to watch the opposition parties closely because of the unfolding events.
“I must commend and appreciate the British High Commission for its interest in deepening Nigeria’s democracy and for taking the struggle down here with the sole aim of ensuring peaceful, free, fair and credible election.
“Osun remains the most peaceful State in Nigeria and we are doing everything humanly possible to protect that enviable status.
“By the look of things, it has shown clearly that we’re the party to beat anytime, any day. With God on our side, we are confident of victory. God has been so merciful and supportive of our administration, and we have seen the light of this as it has been evident in all we do.
“As you can see, our state has the highest number of registered voters in the country and that shows that our people are ready and willing to vote. In the past three and a half years, God has used us to change the face of the state with landmark socioeconomic and infrastructural development across the nooks and crannies of the State.
“We have constructed over 500km of roads vis-a-vis the reconstruction and rehabilitation of several kilometers of roads across cities, towns and villages. We have revitalised over three hundred Primary Healthcare Centres to ensure that every political ward has a functional healthcare centre. We have been very supportive on the welfare of the people particularly the prompt payment of salaries and pensions and we have been giving support to the vulnerable citizens through many means particularly the monthly food support for 30,000 households. On security we have done creditably well vis-a-vis education sector, agriculture, mining among others.
“It is on these and many other things that we have done that people have been very anxious to ensure that we are back so as to consolidate on our modest achievements and continue with the dividends of democracy they have been enjoying.
“To us, we believe there should be free, fair and credible election because we are there to ensure good standard.
“My only concern has to do with the attitude of the opposition parties particularly the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in terms of preaching violence when they go out for campaign with words like fire for fire and one of them recently said they will use bombs freely during the election, those statements as we all know can incite people and cause unnecessary violence.
“But because we are organised people and lovers of peace, we didn’t look at their threatening comments but rather continue to preach peace. We are a people of peace and we are a government that treasures peace and nothing can make us compromise this.
“We want you to let them know that they (members of the opposition parties) need to be enjoined to ensure peace because the way they are going about this can scare voters to and it could lead to voter apathy. If they are indeed popular enough they should go to the field without preaching violence and chaos.
“By the grace of God, I will emerge victorious and our party -the All Progressives Congress will win the next governorship election”, he added.
Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the delegation of the British High Commission, Mr. Wale Adebayo, said they were in the state on pre-election visit as part of efforts to assess and measure the level of readiness and preparation of the political parties, their candidates, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, security agents among other concerned authorities.
“We are the team from the British High Commission and we are here in Osun on pre-election visit to the State to see how prepared the state is for the election. We are here to meet with the stakeholders in the election especially with the key political parties who are contesting for the governorship election in the State.
“We have been to INEC to see how prepared they are for the election and we have also met members of the Civil Society Organizations and we will be meeting the Commissioner of Police to know the level of security measures they have put in place.
“We will meet with the candidates contesting for the election to assess the level of their preparation for the election. Basically, we are here to let you know that we are coming to observe the election as members of international community. It is our responsibility to observe the election process.
“We are not here to support any candidate but to observe how the election is being conducted and as well reach out to the candidates to know if there’s any challenge”, he added.
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