Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the defection of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a victory for democracy, noting that every right thinking Nigerian should work in unity to salvage the country in 2019.
Wike, who made the declaration yesterday at Government House, Port Harcourt, while reacting to Tambuwal’s defection, lauded the Sokoto State Governor for doing the right thing.
The governor said: “This is a victory for democracy. There are lots of Nigerians who believe that the right thing should be done. What the Sokoto State Governor has done, is the right thing.
“There are some people who have said that we cannot continue to live in a world of intimidation. We cannot continue to live in a world of harassment. Every right thinking Nigerian should come together to see that something is done to salvage the country”.
He stated that things have degenerated to the level that all Nigerians must resist intimidation and work for the good of all.
Wike said: “I am aware that with what he has done today, the next line of action, the APC Federal Government will unleash the EFCC on Sokoto State Governor and his government.
“There are so many Nigerians who are waiting. I encourage them to be a part of history. If you don’t come out to support what is happening for Nigeria to regain its glory, when the history is written, your name will not be there.”
The governor stated that Nigerians should not be swayed by claims that the APC leaders are not worried, adding that Tambuwal as speaker of the House of Representatives led the formation of the coalition that prompted the victory of APC in 2015.
He further stated that the negative actions of the APC-led Federal Government is threatening the root of democracy in the country.
Wike said: “Democracy is under threat in Nigeria. Nobody obeys court judgments. Nobody obeys the rule of law. If you say anything they come after you. That is no democracy. Democracy means allowing people to have different opinions.”
The governor stated that Rivers State is one of the states that is facing the worst form of harassment from the APC-led Federal Government, noting that he will never be deterred by the intimidation of the APC Federal Government.
He said: “I am ready to be part of history. I am ready to be part of the positive change in the country in 2019. Some governors who cannot win elections based on their performance are merely hanging on because they believe that if Buhari runs, they will win. Those who are left in APC, are afraid of intimidation by the EFCC. Some people are lilly-livered, so they cannot come out”.
Wike said the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu is simply facing political intimidation because of political developments in the country.
The governor further said recent developments in the country have shown that Former President Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria’s hero of democracy.
He said: “Nigerians know that Jonathan is the real hero of democracy in this country. For a sitting President not to have used his office to do what these people are doing today, he is the hero of democracy in Nigeria.
“APC should be celebrating Jonathan because he could have done the same things they are doing today.”
Wike said that all PDP leaders are working as a team to ensure victory in 2019. He said the defections are a collective response to the failure of governance at the National level where there have been no projects delivery or security across the country.
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