The verbal war between Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State governor, and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday continued unabated as the state governor made a serious allegation that the opposition party in the state was plotting to bomb his plane.
Wike stated that he was singled out to be vilified because he supports the policy of President Muhammadu Buhari that preaches one man, one vote as part of the Federal Government’s anti-corruption crusade.
“They said one man one vote and we decided to help them to achieve that. While we were campaigning, they were busy plotting to rig the elections. We dedicated our campaigns to God from the beginning and God gave us the victory.
“They planned to blow up my plane. They want to foment crisis when there is no reason for it. They planned this because they want security vote to be released to them. I cannot be destabilised. You cannot destabilise what God has blessed. Rivers State belongs to God”, he said.
Speaking at the end of the year party organised for the state executive council by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt on Thursday, Wike said that APC wants to kill everybody in Rivers State because they want to appreciate a man who took the state money to sponsor election outside the state.
“I will never use Rivers State money to sponsor an election outside the state. We may not have N3.3 trillion which they (referring to former Governor Rotimi Amaechi) collected in eight years. Even if we have N300 billion, we will use that to provide infrastructure for Rivers people.”
Making reference to the December 10 legislative re-run elections in the state, Wike said those who opened fire on innocent citizens of the state on the election day would suffer the wrath of God.
After observing a one-minute silence in honour of those who were killed on the day of the election, the governor said “may those who perpetrated the act not know peace. May those who pulled the trigger against the innocent people and killed them because they wanted to have a seat in government, may their families not know peace. May trigger be pulled at members of their families.”
Wike also used the occasion to warn other political parties especially the APC not to exert energy in taking Rivers State by brute force, saying that such plan cannot work because “this is a PDP state. I am an unrepentant member of the PDP. They cannot take this state by force.
“They brought all the security agencies in March 19 re-run and they failed. On December 10 they came with 28,000 policemen besides other security agencies; they could only get one seat in the Senate. If you plot against this state, God will plot against you.
“What is this plot against Rivers State? If you think you are popular, come to the state and the people of Rivers State are those to decide whether you are popular or not.
“I have supported the security agencies in the state to protect national assets in Rivers State. This is the only state in the Niger Delta region where oil pipelines are not blown up like the other states. These people are scared of our achievements. That is why they want to destabilise us. We cannot be destabilised.”
Highlights of the colourful event was the passage of vote of confidence on the governor by a motion moved by the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara and seconded by the former minister for sports, Tam Danagogo.
Speakers, who spoke one after another, heaped encomiums on the governor for his doggedness and sterling performance in the state in the past one and half years.