The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has told the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the state chapter of the party will not campaign for him ahead of the 2023 elections.
Wike spoke while inaugurating Rivers State PDP Campaign Council in Port Harcourt on Monday.
He accused Atiku of picking Rivers members of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council without consulting or accommodating his input, undermining the state’s electoral value in the process.
Wike and the national leadership of the party have been having issues since the conclusion of the party’s presidential primary election that produced Atiku as candidate.
The Governor accused the party of disrespecting and disregarding the state.
He said, “The presidential candidate entered Rivers and picked those he wanted to pick without the contribution of the governor. So, they don’t need me to campaign for them, they don’t need Rivers people to campaign for them. Will you force yourself on them?
“I have never seen how people will disrespect a state like Rivers and go choose enemies of the state without contribution from us. So, let’s campaign for those who have told us to campaign for them here in the state, the governorship candidate, the senatorial candidates, and others.
“Politics is a game of interest. If nobody accommodates the interest of Rivers State, then we have nothing to do with such people. If you say that you have no interest in Rivers, Rivers will not have your interest. It is only those who like us we will like.
“I have told people who care that Rivers has voted PDP since 1999. Of this support we have given since 1999 till now, can you mention one thing that we have gotten? Can you mention one road we have gotten? All they care about is to use Rivers to bring votes, after bringing votes, you push us aside. That will not happen again.”
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