Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says governors and others defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lack conscience and cannot be trusted.
The governor said it is ludicrous and hypocritical of the APC to demonise the PDP and then still turns around to poach members of the same party.
Governor Wike, while speaking at the flag off of Woji-Aleto-Alesa-Refinery Road and bridge with spur to the East-West Road at Woji town on Tuesday, asserted that those defecting from PDP after riding on the back of the party to power, have proven that they are treacherous.
“People who could not win ordinary election. The party used technicality and went to court and got victory. Now, they say they are leaving the party. Hopeless, shameless human beings. People who have no conscience.”
Governor Wike accused the APC led government of blackmailing and coercing some PDP governors and members to join the ruling party. He reiterated that no amount of blackmailing or intimidation will make him leave the PDP.
“Bring everything you have against me, I will not join you. Rivers state will not join you. Even if it is only Rivers state in this country, we will continue to be Peoples Democratic Party.”
The governor, has however taken a swipe at the former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Petersidel, for lying that the Federal Government paid the Rivers State government N78Billion cash as refund for federal projects done by the State. According to him, the Federal government merely issued a promissory note which the bank is going to discount.
“I didn’t know he (Peterside) does not understand what they call promissory note. N78 billion was not backed up by cash by the Federal government. N78 billion was approved by Federal government, but not in cash. And so the bank has to come in to take it and discount it, because federal government is going to pay them back in the next four years.