The campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers has said that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Tonye Cole, is no match for Governor Nyesom Wike in the coming general elections.
Emma Okah, the director of information and communications of the campaign council, stated this in a release in Port Harcourt on Thursday, January 3, in reaction to an earlier statement issued by Ogbonna Nwuke, the spokesman for Cole’s campaign organisation, who described Wike as lacking the moral right to seek re-election, having allegedly squandered whatever was left of his goodwill.
He said: “Wike has no moral right to approach the Rivers people for a second tenure in office. What is he really coming back to do? Three years down the line, the governor, who has squandered the opportunity to write his name in the history books, wants a second chance.”
“We challenge the governor to tell Rivers people what he has done with billions of naira belonging to them. He should tell us why we have the highest unemployment rate in the country, in spite of the billions of naira that are flowing into the state. He should tell us why we are No. 1 in all the wrong places: insecurity, poor waste mismanagement, HIV prevalence and the national misery index.”
But reacting to Nwuke’s statement, Okah said that the governorship poll in the state “requires tact, maturity and expertise to excel. Ordinarily, the PDP would not have bothered to campaign in Rivers, if Cole is the APC candidate but the joy of a free and fair contest is the lesson the loser learns. It teaches him that a child cannot be older than his father.”
“Rivers people will vote for a man they know and have been seeing. The man who has been council chairman, state campaign coordinator, minister, a bencher and governor. Wike made promises to develop the state during the 2015 campaigns and three years down the road, he has fulfilled his promises, winning awards and even doing more for Rivers people.’’
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