Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said plans to break up aggrieved Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party who are supporting him will not work, Daily Independent has revealed.
According to Wike, nobody can break the ranks of the five governors who have continued to insist that the national chairman of the party, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu resigns his position.
Governor Wike noted that because the G5 have remained dogged on their demand, people have made several efforts to break their ranks but cannot succeed.
The Rivers State Governor spoke at the new Banquet Hall of Benue State Government House, Makurdi, during a dinner on Sunday’s night organised in honour of the G5 by Governor Samuel Ortom.
Those efforts are failing, governor Wike asserted because the five governors are bonded to save Nigeria.
“And if you look at us here, the way we are, people have tried to see how they can break us, you cannot. We are bonded to save Nigeria.
“That is why when you see all of us, we are impenetrable. Nobody can divide us. They have tried everything in this world to divide us, but no way.
“The way we operate; I will talk, we have people who don’t talk. You may be underrating them. By the time they will shock you, you will think it is Wike, it is not Wike you are seeing.”
It was an evening of display of the rich culture of the Benue people in which Governor Ortom proclaimed, bestowing Honorary Citizen’s Status on governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.
Governor Wike said Nigerians are expecting the PDP to rescue the country, but it appears that the leadership of the party is not showing serious commitment to that course.
He stated that inclusivity remains a precursor for peace and unity, because it will allow everybody to have equal sense of stake both in the party and to work together for the desired electoral victory.
“Agreement is agreement. Respect agreement, so that there will be peace, there will be unity. What we are asking for is inclusivity; include everybody.
“We are not talking about presidential candidate. We have finished that one. We have a presidential candidate, we have a vice presidential candidate.
“But that one that will go to the other people, give them so that everybody will move forward. That is what we are saying, nothing more.”
Concerning the 25 buses donated to Benue State PDP for their campaigns, Governor Wike corrected and gave clearer perspective to it.
Governor Wike explained that the buses are part of the bulk of vehicles his team acquired for his presidential campaigns if he had won the primary.
But since that ambition did not materialise, Governor Wike said, the team decided that the vehicles should be shared among those who supported the course.
The buses, he noted, will help in easing their efforts as they re-enact the winning position of the party.
“So, Ortom saying I gave you people vehicles, it is not correct. They are the vehicles that our team bought that time because of the (presidential primary) election, we would have won it, but to God be the glory.”
Governor Wike said they were in Benue State to show solidarity to Governor Ortom who he described as a good man.
The Rivers State governor thanked the government and people of Benue for bestowing on them the honorary citizen’s status of the State.
Governor Wike said the G5 constitutes a people who have shown leadership in their various States, and on issues of national concern, taken the risk to speak the truth, maintained integrity and are consistent.
“I thank all of you for this honour you’ve done to all of us, the integrity governors. The governors who can come up and tell you black is black, yes is yes. We don’t bend, we say it as it is.
“Leadership is taking risk. Leadership is about integrity, and discipline.”
He further added, “Governor Ortom, what we have come here to do today is to give you solidarity for tomorrow’s (Monday) campaign, to tell the people of Benue, we are with you.”