- Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has spoken about the recent defection of some federal lawmakers from the All Progressive Congress to the People Democratic Party
- Wike said the development is expected because the ruling party at the national level has completely failed the people
- The governor, however, noted that politics is all about alignments and re-alignments
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said the recent defection of some federal lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the People Democratic Party was due to the fact that the APC federal government failed Nigerians.
Vanguard reports that Wike made this known on Saturday, July 28, after projects inspection in Port Harcourt.
He said: “Politics is all about alignments and re-alignments. We expected these defections, knowing that the ruling party at the National level has completely failed the people.
“It is not hidden that even when they had majority in the two chambers of the National Assembly, they never had it easy because their representatives knew the APC has nothing to offer the people.
“For me, I had expected these defections more than a year ago. More will happen across the country.
The governor who also spoke on defection of the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom claimed that the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole leveled an allegation against the governor on the killings by herdsmen in the state.
He said: “APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole said in one breadth that Ortom is the best that they have. The following day because he had defected he said fielding Ortom would have been a calamity. This double-speak is laughable.
“I think it is unfair for the APC national chairman to begin to do the work of the security and the Judiciary. For him to indict the aides of Ortom for Benue killings when the APC never took that position when he was in their party is most unfortunate.
”Now that the Benue state Governor has defected, they are throwing up these allegations. These are the people who claim they want to fight corruption, but they are always acting illegally.
“This is politics of vindictiveness. This is politics of vengeance. There is an extent to which you can push people. You can intimidate people, but not all the times.
”When you push people to the wall, they tell you ‘enough is enough. That is what you are seeing today in Nigeria.
“What we are doing now is part of the preparedness towards 2019. If we are not prepared, people won’t come to the party. They know that the PDP is very serious and PDP is stronger.
“It is not easy for an opposition party to receive defectors of such magnitude. It shows that the party is doing quite a lot. We don’t need to make noise. But people are working on the ground.
“We don’t need to come on the pages of newspapers to outline what we are doing.The ruling party only believes in intimidation and harassments.”
He noted that in Rivers State, the Failed APC federal government is using the EFCC to intimidate government officials, despite a subsisting court judgment on the matter.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the PDP said the defection of some lawmakers from the APC was an indication that President Buhari’s administration has failed.
Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party claimed that the defection of some lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress to PDP is a sign that the ruling party has failed Nigerians.
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