Politics

Wike Gives Reasons Why PDP Must Treat South-South With Fairness, Justice, Equity

Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike has given reasons why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must treat the South-South geopolitical zone with fairness, justice and equity.

According to the governor, having consistently voted for the PDP since 1999, the party cannot at this crucial moment ignore the South-South’s contributions to its success.

Gov. Wike gave the admonition during the meeting of PDP stakeholders in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Monday, March 21.

“The South-South is the pillar of the PDP. If the South-South is the pillar of the PDP, they must be treated with fairness, justice and equity. It is not only when it comes to work, it is not only when it comes to giving votes, that we will all remember that the South-South is the pillar. When it also comes in terms of sharing, they should remember that this is the pillar of the party,” he declared.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections,
Gov. Wike charged his colleagues, National Assembly members and other stakeholders from the South-South zone, ahead of the 2023 general elections, to set aside their differences in the overall interest of the PDP.

“We have all said that Nigerians are waiting for PDP to takeover in 2023. That is true. But we cannot takeover if we are not united. We cannot takeover if we don’t work together.”

He stressed that the only way PDP could wrest political power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government in 2023 is for it to remain united.

The governor said Nigerians are already disenchanted with the APC led Federal Government that has through its anti-people economic policies inflicted hardship on the masses.

According to him, APC’s poor governance is clearly manifest in widespread poverty in Nigeria, insecurity, poor electricity supply, scarcity of petroleum products.

“It is for us to put our house together and make Nigerians proud.
Because if we don’t takeover in 2023, Nigerians will never forgive PDP. All the opportunity abounds and so we must take this opportunity and make Nigerians happy.”

Gov. Wike said PDP has realised its past mistakes, and when given another opportunity will not take Nigerians for granted as the ruling APC is doing today.

“Now that Nigerians have opened the door for us, we must make Nigerians happy. This (APC) government is a government of excuses. Every morning, one excuse. Every afternoon, one excuse, and in the night, one excuse. I’ve never seen a party that makes promise without fulfilling the promise.”

The governor said the Federal Government declaration that it has deleted Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act is a smacks of corruption.

Present at the meeting were Governors, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Douye Diri (Bayelsa).

Other dignitaries in attendance included PDP national vice chairman (South-South), Chief Dan Orbih; Senator George Sekibo; House of Reps Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu; former Deputy Speaker House of Reps, Austin Opara; former governors of Cross River and Rivers states, Senator Liyel Imoke and Sir Celestine Omehia.