Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has advised former Kaduna Governor Ahmed Makarfi to ensure the People’s Democratic Party wins all elections in his state.
Wike said that it would be better for Makarfi, the former acting National Chairman of the PDP, to focus on the 2023 general election and how he would secure victory for the PDP in his state, rather than join in making disrespectful comments about him.
Wike was speaking at Tuesday’s inauguration of the sand-filled area and facility of Ogvam Nu’Abari in Port Harcourt, conducted by Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
He said, “This morning, I was watching Channels TV, I saw the former national acting chairman of the PDP, Makarfi, and he said he is very close to me. I don’t know how close he is to me.
“Somebody who said he is close to me, I don’t know when last we spoke. I have never spoken to him in the past five months.”
“So, if you are close to somebody politically, there is no way in five months you won’t have spoken to the person; isn’t it?
“He said, ‘Wike, you are sabotaging other people.’ I don’t know who says the other people have not. What I want to advise Makarfi is, look, you have a job, make sure the PDP wins in Kaduna State. That is your job, leave Wike alone.
“Take it upon yourself that Kaduna falls to the PDP. I don’t want to hear excuses that they rigged election or they didn’t rig election.”
“That is what I have told everybody. In Kano, make sure the PDP wins. In Niger, make sure the PDP wins, in Jigawa, make sure the PDP wins. If you win, then see whether the PDP wins here or not. It’s ‘Operation deliver your state.’ Don’t use anybody’s state to add up.”
The Governor also urged state politicians to please join politicians from other states to receive their defectors in the PDP back home and work to increase party power in the state.
In his opinion, the best way to demonstrate your party’s ability to vote is to vote from your polling units, wards, and state.
He said, “It’s not to go to Abuja and begin to gossip, say all kinds of things. Come home and mobilise, let us see the capacity you have. It is operation deliver your poling units, operation deliver your ward, operation deliver your local government. That is what politics is all about.”