Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said God will not forgive the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, if it fails to rescue Nigerians from socio-economic hardship inflicted on them by sadistic policies of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led federal government.
The governor insisted that for the PDP to actualize the sacred objective of rescuing Nigeria from poor governance that has characterized the APC-led administration, all PDP governors must be united.
Governor Wike stated this during a courtesy visit to the Oyo State governor, Seye Makinde at the Government House, Ibadan on Tuesday.
The Rivers State governor explained that he was in the Oyo State capital to formally appreciate Governor Makinde, who was the secretary of the PDP convention planning committee for producing what has been acclaimed by Nigerians and the diplomatic community as the best convention in the history of the party.
He observed that having successfully produced a new national leadership of the party, the governors and other members of the party must remain united in order to form a formidable team to dislodge the APC from power in 2023.
“It is important for us as a party to unite because Nigerians are waiting for PDP. We cannot afford to lose this opportunity, and the key to that is that the governors must be united and must support the party. It does not matter who will be the presidential candidate. If the party is united, the governors are united, I can tell you that victory will be ours.”
Governor Wike, said millions of Nigerians are languishing in abject poverty due to the harsh socio-economic policies of the APC-led federal government. To this end, he said Nigerians are desperately looking up to the PDP to emancipate them.
“We must sit down as a party and take the best decision that will make Nigerians be happy, that will make us win the election. Anything we are doing that will not make us win elections, then there is no basis for it because we still want Nigerians to suffer. Nigerians cannot continue to suffer. They have suffered enough in the hands of APC and God will not forgive PDP if we don’t rescue Nigeria.”
Governor Wike urged those who are fanning the embers of discord over the issue of zoning to desist from distracting the party. According to him, at the appropriate time, various stakeholders will meet and decide on a presidential candidate that can win the election for the PDP.
The governor urged all stakeholders in the party to be prepared to support whoever the party will present as its presidential candidate for the 2023 election. He emphasized that Nigerians cannot afford to continue to suffer under the sadistic APC-led administration.
Governor Wike used the occasion to also commiserate with Governor Makinde and the people of Oyo State over the demise of the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji.
He prayed to God to grant his Oyo State counterpart the wisdom and courage to navigate through the succession process of getting a new Olubadan.
“God will give you the wisdom to get a new Olubadan that will help you to pilot the affairs of Oyo state and Ibadan in particular.”
In his response, Governor Makinde noted that the nearly seven years reign of the APC-led federal government has been a disaster nationally. He lamented that the Nigerian economy that was growing from five to six percent suddenly became stalled due to clueless policies of the government.
“ We went into recession, came out of it. We thought that was over, we went back into recession again. And the population is growing at an alarming rate .”
Regarding the PDP presidential candidate, he said those aspiring for the office of the president should not be seeking power for the sake of wanting to be in power, but for the sake of making the country prosperous.
Governor Makinde applauded Governor Wike for identifying with the government and people of Oyo State over the death of Olubadan.