Wike reveals why he has resisted pressure to quit PDP


* Says: We die here

By Codratus Godson

The secret is out. Gov Nyesom Wike is a sought after political personality or hot cake in Nigeria today. Political parties and scouts may have penciled him down for signing. He has said so himself.


Gov Nyesom Wike has revealed how pressure had been mounted on him to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but says because of strength of character, he would not quit. “We started here, we end here”.

The governor made the revelation at the inauguration of ‘Chief Orabule Adiele Road’, Rumuolumeni, formerly known as Aker-Base Road,  by the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, on Thursday, December 24, 2020, in Rumuolumeni community of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Gov Wike said it is unimaginable to think that he would quit a party that continued to hold the promise of good leadership for the country, and remained the only hope for Nigerians who are also waiting to vote it into power in 2023.

Gov Wike stated that the reasons why he has refused to be quiet over the wrongs and inabilities of the ruling APC is because of the need to strengthen the confidence of Nigerians in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“PDP is a party that Nigerians want. No matter all the intimidation, it will not work. We are men of character. When we say something we stand by whatever we have said, not for pecuniary interest.

“If I was that kind of governor, I know how many times people have tried to woo us, we said no. We cannot be wooed. We are here. We started with PDP and will end up with PDP.

“We have no other political party to join because the fate of this country, the hope of Nigerians, solely depend on our party.  That is why when we talk about our party, we are not talking about any selfish interest. But it is to continue to give Nigerians that hope that Nigeria is waiting for.

“So, when there is any mistake, we shout out. Everybody is hoping that in 2023 PDP should take over the realms of power in this country. Rivers State is already secured for PDP.”

The governor took a swipe at the James Akpanudoedehe, the national secretary of the caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who he described as a political harlot, and allegedly lacked the character to talk about national issues without subjecting it to pecuniary interests. He said the man accused him of playing to the gallery and threatened to reveal the man’s past.

He said; “Bail-out money is not free money. We are paying back the money. But even if they gave us free money, does it mean that if anything is going wrong, I shouldn’t talk?

“We agree that there’s a problem in the country. Even the governors agreed that they are faced with security challenges. Yes, you’re overwhelmed with security challenges but whose responsibility is it to fix the security in this country.

In inaugurating the road, Gov of Abia State described Wike as a brand, an icon, and symbol of everything good and a blessing to Nigeria.

He said using concrete pavements in road construction is with the understanding that it is the best for the topography and designed to last and urged the people to utilise the road with good care.

Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said the poor state of the road impeded movement and frustrated commerce but respite has come to both residents and companies that operate in the area.