Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has told those planning to deal with him if they win the forthcoming presidential election to perish the idea.

He described their threat as empty, saying God would not allow them access to the Aso Rock.

The governor said his political crime remained his insistence that the party must practise equity, fairness and justice.

Wike spoke at the Community Secondary School 1 in Mogho Town where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) inaugurated its campaign for Gokana Local Government Area.

The governor insisted that the threat was laughable as his detractors would not win at the poll to have an opportunity to execute it.

Wike said he remained a strong proponent of equity, fairness and justice because it was the only way to foster inclusivity in PDP.

He pointed to the evil of denying other equal stakeholders the due rights that would give them a sense of belonging.

He said: “All of them planning and saying they will deal with us, they’ve not been born. I dare them, let them try it.”

Wike told Gokana people to be proud of their nativity as citizens of Rivers, boasting that nobody could intimidate the state and subject it to playing a second fiddle in the country.

The governor also advised the people to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) that would be used to punish haters of Rivers State.

He said the 2023 election would be about the use of the PVCs and would not be the experience of 2019 when officers of the Nigerian Army and police were used to intimidate voters.

Wike stressed that he was a better brother to the Gokana people because of what his administration has done in their domain.

The governor revealed that many roads had been constructed by his administration in Gokana together with the bridge connecting K-Dere to Bolo Town ongoing.

Wike earlier paid a courtesy call on His Majesty, Festus Babari Paago-Bagia, Gberemene Gokana kingdom in Giokoo.

PDP governorship candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, was hopeful the party would win the election in the state.

Fubara assured that when elected, his administration would continue in the performance footstep set by the Wike administration.

He said he would do everything possible to sustain the security of life and property, and provide more road and educational infrastructure in the area.

Director-General of Rivers PDP Campaign Council, Felix Obuah, acknowledged the massive turnout of Gokana people to the rally and enjoined them to collect their PVCs so that they can vote.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Fred Kpakol, said the PDP had won all elections in the council and they understand that politics is about interest and service.

According to him, they have no other political option other than supporting the consolidation team and ensuring that all candidates of the PDP win at the poll.

Former Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Kenneth Kobani, said the Gokana people would never abandon Wike and the PDP.

According to him, they were ready to take up any electoral fight against those whose stock-in-trade was to abuse the governor instead of engaging in issues.

Speaking on behalf of the candidates, Senator Barinada Mpigi assured that they would commit to serving the interest of the Gokana people and by extension the Ogoni land.



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