Port Harcourt—Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday gave a hint about his preferred presidential candidate for the February 25th presidential poll.
Although he did not give his name, he described him as a man of integrity.
Wike said the preferred candidate he and his allies will support must be a keeper of his words, who will not renege on agreement.
According to the Nation, the governor spoke at Rumuji-Odegwe town where the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held a rally to inaugurate its campaign in Emohua Local Government Area.
Wike told a PDP stalwart, Ohna Sergeant Awuse, who earlier declared that party stalwarts in the state were waiting for directive on the presidential election, to exercise patience.
He said he would soon conclude negotiation with his allies and inform them about his decision.
Wike said: “Chief Awuse has said, ‘we are tired of waiting’. Indeed, we are tired of waiting. But don’t worry. You’ve been patient.
“Your being patient will not be taken for granted. The bell will soon ring. When you hear the bell, listen to where the bell is coming from and go and do what you have been told to do.
“I can assure you all these buccaneers, all these vampires, we will teach them a lesson. All those who said Rivers State is not important, we’ll tell them that Rivers State is important. If you play with us, we’ll play with you. If they play with us, we’ll play with them. Enough is enough.
“So, let me apologise and plead with Ohna, Nne-New-Eli Emohua Local Government, it is almost time, endure. Very soon, you’ll hear and I can assure them, no going back.”
The governor said he had been waiting patiently for those who threatened to expel him from the PDP to carry out their threat.
He said persons issuing such threat knew that PDP was already polarised, adding that taking such action against him and his allies would lead to the extinction of the party.
Wike said the state had the muscles to withstand the buccaneers and vampires already selling their conscience for a pot of pottage.
Speaking on the governorship candidate of the PDP in Rivers State, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, the governor said he had been part of his administration and understood the working of his government.
He said the candidate, if elected, will consolidate the gains of his administration.
Wike said he and Fubara had scheduled a meeting with Julius Berger Nigeria Plc to finalise the award of contract to dualise the Emohua by East-West Road to Tema in Asari-Toru LGA.
The governor said the Emohua Secondary School demolished by the administration of his predecessor was being reconstructed.
He listed some other projects delivered in the area by his administration as the Isiodu road, Rumuodogo and two roads, Elele-Alimini internal roads, Campus of Rivers State University, Eba- Isiokpo road and the Akpabu -Odido road.
Fubara thanked Emohua people for their show of solidarity and solicited support for his ambition.
He said the next administration under him would sustain security and end kidnappings.
Fubara also unfolded an agricultural policy that would harness the vast vegetation in Emohua, promote mechanised farming and create employment .
The National Vice Chairman of PDP (Southsouth), Chief Dan Orbih, said Rivers PDP under Wike had scored 99.9% in performance from the assessment carried out by a team in the PDP zonal office.
He charged members to ensure continuity in Rivers State.
Rivers State PDP Chairman, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, presented flags to the candidates for the various elective positions in the area.
The Chairman, Rivers State PDP Campaign Council, Felix Obuah, noted that Emohua people were already “Sim-plified”, and willing to reciprocate with 100 per cent votes in appreciation of the developmental projects delivered in the area by Wike.
The Chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, described the event as a victory rally, adding that the people had resolved to vote for the PDP.
The king of Emohua Kingdom, Ohna Sergeant Awuse, noted that the administration of Governor Wike had given to his kingdom more projects than they deserved, and the people will follow his directive.