The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said PDP is the only party with hope, as the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has finished Nigeria and no longer has new ideas.
Wike stated this yesterday at Kaduna State when he visited the former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi,
Wike, who lauded the former Governor, noted that he is an essential member of the PDP and held in high esteem because of his leadership qualities and the gallantry he displayed to save the party from breaking up.
According to him, “I did not come here for politics, I came to see somebody who has contributed his own to the party, the growth of the party, and if anything happens to him, it happens to all of us in the party. I know that Kaduna will suffer for it. We thank God in His infinite mercy that he has recovered very well. I did not know Senator Makarfi until he became chairman of PDP. Not that I did not know who senator Makarfi was, but we were not as close. We got close when he became chairman of our party. You cannot buy leadership; God gives leadership. You know who has leadership qualities when a party is in crisis.
“When our party was in crisis when Ali Modu Sheriff was to be used to kill our party, you stood firm, committed and showed boldness and said I have no other place to go other than the PDP. He built the party from the shackles of Ali Modu Sheriff, and it is good when you speak to somebody, you know that he is a human being.
“Whatever he tells you is what he will say in the morning, in the afternoon, and the evening. That is leadership, not someone that will say something in the morning and say a different thing in the afternoon and the evening, and then people call it politics. That is not politics.
“Continue to do what you have been doing. You have won elections. I saw how PDP came out strong even though we were the opposition during the councillorship elections. Despite being the opposition, you are on the ground in Kaduna State, and for the party to be on the ground, it requires strong leadership.
“There is still time, you will recover fully so that you can be battle-ready against them come 2023. I also want to urge all of you. You see, in every family, there are bound to be problems, put yourselves together. Nigeria is bleeding, and if we are not united, Nigeria will not forgive us because every Nigerian is hoping that PDP must come and stop this bleeding.
“The issue at stake now is not who wants to run for the presidency or where to zone presidency. The issue now is that all party members must be united because if you like zone president to the West if you are not united, you cannot achieve anything. So, the most important thing now is the party’s unity, forgive anybody who may have gone astray, bring back everybody and use your leadership qualities to forgive.
“I will render support whenever it is needed to move the party forward as the PDP is the only party in the country which has hope. The All Progressive Congress, APC, has finished Nigeria, they no longer have new ideas, and if they have ideas, they did not use it.”
Responding, Makarfi, who spoke to Wike and his entourage, noted that Nigerians would be disappointed in the PDP if it fails to unite and take over power in the coming race.
Speaking further, he commended Wike for his active role in the successful convention of the party. He noted that there were differences that had been kept behind for the interest of all.
“I absolutely believe that with the same energy and perseverance, we can do it again. If there is no party, what is the point of your ticket? Therefore, we have to build the party. First, we have to be united, and when a consensus is decided, we should all have one voice.
“I agree with you we will be disappointing Nigerians if we do not come together and take over power to recover Nigeria for Nigerians. We will not rest on our oars until we see the PDP in the overwhelming majority of states in power and nationally in power,” he added.