I’ll win if I contest
GOVERNOR of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has declared that he has a constitutional right to contest for a second term of four years in 2019.
He made the declaration in a radio programme, Viewpoint, aired by Rhythm 93 FM, monitored in Port Harcourt.
“It is my right to contest for the Governorship position in 2019. And Why would Rivers people no vote for me if I decide to contest? Our government is working and the people appreciate what we are doing.”
Governor Wike stated, “Even though it is my right, we will have to consult the leadership of the party whether I should contest for the 2019 governorship election. We must carry everybody along. In PDP we have a unique way of doing things.
“Yes, some party officers have endorsed me, but being an officer of the party does not make you a leader in the party. So, we must consult widely within the party before we make a pronouncement on whether I will contest or not.”
Wike stressed, “I will win if I decide to contest in 2019. Our administration has executed projects in all the 23 local government areas in the state. I have been given several awards by media institutions in recognition of our developmental strides in the state.”
“Just yesterday, the World Habitat in Kuala Lumpur, invited me to Malaysia to receive an award for our rural development efforts. So, there are people who believe that we have done well.”
Governor Wike emphasised, “If winning an election is by performance, why will Rivers people not vote for me? I have implemented developmental projects in all local governments. We have done well in three years compared to what some people did in three years.”
Responding to a question on the dominance of iKwerre indigenes in the governorship position in the state, he said his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will look at the area that has not produced a governor to produce the party’s flag-bearer after the completion of tenure as governor.
Governor Wike disagreed that the riverine area has been marginalised in the political equation in Rivers State. “You know Chief Dumu Lulu-Briggs, he has contested for every election under the aegis of the PDP. So, how can anyone say that the riverine area has been marginalided?”