River Governor Nyesom Wike has described claims by the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Iyorchia Ayu that one of the G-5’s members visited him as a lie.
The Governor, who knocked Ayu for trying to blackmail the group of five Governors fighting for equity, justice and fairness in PDP, said it was not also true that the national chairman was reaching out to them.
Ayu claimed Abia Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, a member of Wike’s group visited him after the recent fresh primary election in his State.
But Wike, who spoke at Ogu Mini Stadium, venue of the Rivers State PDP campaign inauguration for Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area on Tuesday, said neither he nor any of the G-5 members went to Ayu’s residence
The Rivers governor said:
“Nobody can blackmail us. We’ll never go and meet anybody. We are who we are. This is not the first time we have battled. This battle we will win at the end of the day.
”Wike said he and his colleague in the G-5 were determined not to allow any person to chase them away from a party that they built adding that they were in court to challenge the party.
“We have gone to court against them. We are not running away from them, all our candidates went to court, our party went to court. I went to court too. We’ll stay here and we’ll battle it. We are not going to run away from anybody.
“Are we going to run away from armed robbers? It’s not possible. You can’t chase us away from the house we built. Rather, we’ll chase you out because you are used to running away.
”Wike further said he had reapproved Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for the PDP presidential campaign to hold its rally on February 11, 2023.He said the reinstatement of the venue was following appeals by many people, who asked him to reconsider his earlier stance.
“This morning after an appeal from people who talked to me, I have given them back Adokiye Amiesimaka. Go and campaign. Let it not be that because they didn’t campaign that is why they didn’t win in Rivers State”,