Why Some PDP Governors Cospired Against Southern Presidency – Wike

Rivers State governor, Barr Nyesom Wike has said that some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors ganged up against the decision of the South-South to produce the next president.

Recall that the Southern governors have in different occasions reached an agreement for the region to produce the next president of Nigeria.

Wike said some elements in the party have betrayed the agreement because of their selfish interest.

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Governor Wike lamented that the outcome of the PDP presidential primary elections relegated southern politicians, adding that it showed the high level of betrayers in the region.

“I contested in an election (primary) based on the principle and agreement with all Southern governors and leaders of the South that presidency should go to the South this period.

“We have done our part. We never betrayed anybody because it is not in our blood to betray. But it is a shame to those people, some of the governors from the South, they are the people that were used to sabotage our course.

He complained that some governors in the south were used as tools against the benefit and overall interest of the entire southern part of the country.

“Look at a region ganged up, then you, your own region cannot gang up. You became tools to be used against the interest of your people, and you think you have won, you have lost.

“You will continue to be perpetual slaves. Rivers people you don’t need to bother yourselves. PDP needs us. If they say they don’t need us, they should wait.

Governor Wike who was relieved with his performance at the primaries hinted that even if the result of the election did not favor the south, the north would no longer classify the south as second class politicians.

“The winner (of the ticket) also saw it. They underrated us, but now, they will not underrate us again. We have all it takes to do whatever we want to do. It is a matter of you being firm, it is a matter of you being hopeful. There is nobody that is born greater than us in this country, therefore, we cannot answer second class citizen. We can’t.

“We just used this one to tell them that enough is enough. We made them not to sleep. We made them not to eat. We made all of them from wherever they said they come from to know that there is somebody who can take them on. This country does not belong to one particular zone. If people are afraid of talking it is their business. I cannot be a second class citizen in my country.”

“Some of them, their in-laws are governors in the ruling party, but they want to interfere in what happens in PDP. Some of them their brothers are governors in the ruling party and they want to interfere in PDP”

“In 2019, I was the only governor from the South-South who never negotiated with the present government. They came, I said no, I was not going to be party to that. And that is why APC never had 25 percent in this State (Rivers). But, all the other States in the South-South, the president got 35 percent to 40 percent. I said I was not going to sit down with them and negotiate.”

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