Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, south-south Nigeria, says some governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, collaborated with the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, in the last election in a bid to take over the state.
Naija News understands that the Governor made this comment on Saturday at a thanksgiving service held at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt to mark his electoral victory.
His words: “The fight was not just with the opposition. It was also within our party. When we lost the election in Ekiti State, one of our leaders in the South-west said that Fayose is finished and the next person is Wike”, ThisDay quoted him as saying.
“Some governors within the party joined forces with the opposition against the State. But then, the will of God prevailed. I was not bothered by what the opposition did, but what some of our party members did was worrisome.
“Some persons working with us in the state betrayed us. They felt there was no way that we would make it. They became agents of the opposition. But God’s intervention rescued Rivers and its people.”
Governor Wike stressed that the women of the state, “showed so much concern. Some of them were ready to die because of our election. I do not know how to thank them.
“For the first time, I saw women like Aba Women Riot, coming out to say no and we will not agree. Let me assure you that I will not disappoint the Christian community in Rivers State”.
The governor assured the people of Rivers that he would deliver on his pledges and that his performance will not be affected by the second term syndrome.
Wike reiterated that he would remain committed to the olive branch that he extended to the opposition in the State.
Meanwhile, those present at the thanksgiving service were former Rivers State Governor, Chief Peter Odili; the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and the Presiding Pastor of Salvation Ministries, Pastor David Ibiyeomie.