Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has
said that he is ready to die, than to allow the All Progressives
Congress, APC, rig the 2019 general elections.
Wike said this in the latest issue of ‘The Interview’, a monthly magazine.
He stated that Rivers State fought tooth
and nail to ensure victory for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in
2015, and that 2019 would not be any different.
Wike said: “The whole thing boils down
to sincerity and commitment. 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.”
Speaking further, the Governor described former President, Goodluck Jonathan, as a gentleman who condoned too many things.
Wike said, for instance, when Jonathan went to campaign in the North, he was stoned in a number of States, but did nothing.
The Governor added that if he were the President, things would have been different.
He added: “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 noted that 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
He wondered why a Northern State which was ruled by a PDP Governor, would allow such a thing to happen.