By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State said Sunday that federal might will count for nothing for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 general elections.
Wike, who stated this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, further said the APC-led Federal Government has performed so poorly that rigging was the only option for them in the coming elections.
He, however, affirmed that that rigging would not work in his state, saying Rivers people will resist any attempt by APC to snatch victory by such means.
He said: “The people will resist, will stand their ground and insist their votes must count. You saw how the people resisted at the National Assembly when the DSS invaded, that is how it will be in 2019. The people will stand firm.
“You saw a Rivers girl lead the resistance. That is a Rivers girl. The hallmark of our courage as a people. This is not resistance by arms. We don’t need to carry arms. How many people can the federal might kill?”
The governor added, “People should understand that Nigeria has gone beyond that point when anything you do, you get away with. You see what happened at the National Assembly, could we have imagined in this world that the DG DSS would have been sacked?”
The governor noted that the outcome of the rerun elections in Rivers where FG deployed 40, 000 security personnel proved that Rivers people cannot be cowed.
“They did the rerun, who won in the rerun? We won massively. The people stood their ground. If we had lost, you would have justifiably said that Federal Might helped me in 2015”, the governor said.
On the anticipated Presidential Primaries of the PDP, Wike said he has no preferred aspirant for now, noting that no single governor can determine the presidential candidate for the PDP.
The governor noted that the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus as National Chairman of PDP was the best thing to happen to the stability of the party.
He said if a weaker politician had emerged, APC would have penetrated the PDP, adding that the return of Sheriff to APC indicated the damage the ruling party wanted to use him to do in PDP.