Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has described his loss at the PDP presidential primary as the will of God and called on his supporters to remain calm and support the choice of the party.
Wike made the call Monday at a reception in his honour at the Government House in Port Harcourt following his return from the party’s presidential primary in Abuja.
The governor said he almost scuttled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary
When an aspirant who had already spoken was permitted to return to the podium to announce his withdrawal, contrary to the election guidelines, Wike stated he felt inclined to impede the process.
“I have never seen how people can violate procedures and guidelines. Somebody has spoken. At that point, he was speaking that he would have said I am withdrawing. You don’t call him back,” Wike said. “I just said, ‘Look, this our party must not be destroyed.’”
“It is God’s will. Let us not bother ourselves so much,” Wike said, accusing governors of the southern region of betrayal.
“Shame to those who will sell out their own,” he said, maintaining that “I have never seen a thing like that”.
“No wonder we cannot move on with development. Look at a region ganged up. Then, your region cannot gang up,” Wike argued.
“You became a tool to be used against the interest of your people, and you think you have won? You have lost.”
Governor Wike added that although he did not win the PDP presidential nomination, his performance, like that of his supporters, has boosted the political status of Rivers State and other Nigerian minorities.
“In the political history of this country, you can count on us. We are not pushovers,” Wike said.