Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leadership would not accept anything likely to disrupt its Saturday’s national convention. He gave the assurance, on Sunday, when he received a national chairmanship aspirant of the party, Raymond Dokpesi, at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike said that whatever anybody might be saying, the convention would be fair and hitch-free. The governor pledged to support the party to provide a level playing ground at the convention.
“If you believe and love this party, there is nothing you cannot do; everybody can make sacrifice for this party, except you don’t believe in this party. What I am saying is that whoever emerges, we should come out as members of the same party to support him.”
Wike also condemned a statement credited to a former state governor in which stakeholders of PDP in the north micro-zoned the party chairmanship position to the South- West.
He described the statement as a slap on the South-South, saying it was wrong for anybody not from the region to do micro-zoning against the decision of the party.
“The chairmanship was zoned to the south and presidency to the north. You cannot in your own place micro-zone our own position.
“PDP is not in power, it is in opposition. We need a Chairman that will drive the party to make PDP to win election,” Wike said.
He told Dokpesi, who’s also the proprietor of DAAR Communications, “What you are doing has popularised the party. This is the first time when PDP Chairman is being elected and the aspirants are going from one state to the other. The main fact that you are doing that is a mobilisation for the party,”
Earlier, Dokpesi said he was in the state to solicit for the blessing and support of the governor and the state delegates on his ambition.