Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has tasked the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to treat the South-South geopolitical zone with fairness, justice and equity.
The governor noted that having consistently voted for the PDP since 1999, the party cannot at this crucial moment ignore the South-South’s contributions to its success.
Governor Wike gave the admonition during the meeting of PDP stakeholders in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State last Monday.
“The South-South is the pillar of the PDP. If the South-South is the pillar of the PDP, they must be treated with fairness, justice and equity. It is not only when it comes to work, it is not only when it comes to giving votes that we will all remember that the South-South is the pillar. When it also comes in terms of sharing, they should remember that this is the pillar of the party.”
For better performance in the 2023 general elections, Governor Wike charged his colleagues, National Assembly members and other stakeholders from the South-South zone to set aside their differences in the overall interest of the PDP.
“We have all said that Nigerians are waiting for PDP to takeover in 2023. That is true. But we cannot takeover if we are not united. We cannot takeover if we don’t work together.”
The Rivers state governor stressed that the only way PDP can wrest political power from the All Progressives Congress (APC government in 2023 is for it to remain united.
He said Nigerians are already disenchanted with the APC leadership of the Federal Government, which, has through its anti-people economic policies, inflicted hardship on the masses.
According to the governor, the APC’s poor governance is clearly manifest in widespread poverty insecurity, poor electricity supply, scarcity of petroleum products in the country, an opportunity for the PDP to step in but only if united.
“It is for us to put our house together and make Nigerians proud because if we don’t takeover in 2023, Nigerians will never forgive PDP. All the opportunity abounds and so we must take this opportunity and make Nigerians happy.”
Wike said the PDP has realized its past mistakes, and when given another opportunity, will not take Nigerians for granted as the ruling APC is doing today.
“Now that Nigerians have opened the door for us, we must make Nigerians happy.
“This (APC) government is a government of excuses. Every morning, one excuse. Every afternoon, one excuse, and in the night, one excuse. I’ve never seen a party that makes promise without fulfilling the promise.”
He said the Federal Government declaration that it has deleted Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act smacks of corruption.
Present at the meeting were Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta)and Douye Diri (Bayelsa) and some PDP national officers.