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10 Oct 2017

We're Ready to Die in 2019 - Gov. Wike Talks on Wooing Tinubu to PDP, Regrets in Supporting Sherriff

Ahead of the 2019 general elections and in a bid to return his party, the PDP to power and takeover Aso Rock, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says he is ready to lay down his life.
Gov. Wike
While speaking in the latest issue of ‘The Interview,’ a monthly magazine, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, stated he is ready to lay down his life if it will ensure victory for the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections.

According to PUNCH, the governor said one of the reasons the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, lost the presidential election was that he was surrounded by insincere people, especially ministers.

The governor who said Rivers State fought tooth and nail to ensure victory for the PDP in 2015 and 2019 would not be any different.

“The whole thing boils down to sincerity and commitment and sincerity. We said if things would not happen, all of us would go down with it. That was the driving spirit for us and that is what we are going to repeat in 2019.

“If the Federal Government is going to kill all of us, so be it. Because we know what they have planned and their strategies and so when it is time, we will face the APC squarely in this state. Just watch,” Wike said.

The governor described Jonathan as a gentleman who condoned too many things, adding that when Jonathan went to campaign in the North, he was stoned in a number of states but did nothing.

The governor said if he were the President, things would have been different. “God gave every leader his strength and way of doing things. You see, I will not accept that. Let the heavens fall. If Nigeria was going to end on that day, let it end. I will not take what he took. That is why I respect the man a lot. I will not take that.

“If Nigeria will come down that day, let it come down. I mean, what is it? He was President and you were throwing stones at him? No single respect for that office? And you tell me to accept it? No, I will clamp down on you.”

Wike said the fact that those who stoned Jonathan were neither arrested nor prosecuted, showed that some northern elements, including the ones in the PDP, sabotaged Jonathan’s campaign, and wondered why a northern state which was ruled by a PDP governor would allow such a thing to happen.

The governor, who is heading the PDP’s reconciliation committee, said his committee would do everything to attract as many political heavyweights into the party, adding that the party could even go as far as wooing a former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; and a former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Wike said, “What is the crime in wooing people? Who told you that we would not woo people like Tinubu and Kwankwaso? You see, whether they will come or not is immaterial. Those that the APC wooed, did they not join the APC?

“Who told you that we would not go and woo prominent APC governors? That does not mean that they will come. All the APC leaders at the National Assembly, were they not PDP people? What is all this trouble about wooing and not wooing?”

The governor said he did not regret helping a former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, to emerge as the PDP chairman despite the fact that it nearly led to the total collapse of the party.

He said at the time, he did not know that Sheriff was “an agent of darkness.”

Wike added, “Why should I regret? I am not a coward. I am not one of those that takes decisions and goes back to say I am not part of that decision.”

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