- Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is informing Nigerians that more governors will soon join the PDP
- Wike, the governor of Rivers state, commends Saraki and Governor Ahmed for their bold decisions to join the PDP
- He also laments that planned impeachment of Governor Ortom by just eight members of the Benue House of Assembly
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state has revealed that more governors and senior politicians in Nigeria are expected to defect to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the coming days.
Wike said this in reaction to the defection of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Wike, who commended them for their courage to take the decision despite the alleged intimidation and harassment of the APC federal government, added that the strategies deployed by the ruling party had emboldened PDP leaders across the country to stand firm against alleged tyranny, dictatorship and failed governance.
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Daily Independent reports that while speaking with journalists on the defections of the Saraki and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said: “I salute the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor for being bold to say that they will not be intimidated. I welcome them to the PDP which is being rebranded to take over the leadership of the country in 2019.
“More governors and senior politicians will still defect in the coming days. This regime of intimidation and harassment emboldens us. It strengthens us to stand against tyranny and impunity.
“It emboldens us to stand firm because of the interest of the people. We will resist any attempt to coerce us to cave in.
“Even under the Military, there has not been this nature of impunity. We are determined and we have made up our minds to rescue Nigeria,” Governor Wike said.
He alleged that the APC government had abandoned its promises to the people while the PDP represents the hope for Nigeria and good future for the country.
Wike alleged that what is happening in Benue State is a classical case of the intimidation techniques of the APC federal government.
He wondered what time Governor Ortom and his aides commit crimes and money laundering offences that EFCC has been drafted to intimidate the state government.
He also lamented that the alleged use of security agencies to initiate an illegal impeachment process against Governor Ortom after he defected.
“How can a government fight corruption outside the rule of law? You cannot fight corruption outside the rule of law. Refusal to obey court judgment is corruption itself”, he said.
He recalled that in 2014, serving PDP governors and National Assembly members defected to the APC without intimidation.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that former Senate president of Nigeria, Ameh Ebute, reacted to the gale of defections that hit the All Progressives Congress (APC) recently saying politicians are taking such actions because political parties in the country lack ideologies.
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