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People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has revealed that he has a clear plan to counter the activities of marauding bandits in Katsina State and other parts of the country, if elected President of Nigeria.
The presidential aspirant also pledged that he would produce real and rapid improvements in the lives of Nigerians, including aggressively addressing insecurity and creating an enabling environment for economic activities to flourish.
It was even while Wike wondered what a good job President Muhammadu Buhari had done that the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised to consolidate.
Wike hinted at his clear plan to tackle insecurity while addressing Katsina State PDP leaders and delegates at the party secretariat in Katsina, the state capital, last Saturday.
The Governor of Rivers State regretted that President Muhammadu Buhari, a native of Katsina State, had failed to stem the activities of marauding bandits responsible for the wanton destruction of life and property in the State.
The Governor assured delegates that if elected President in the 2023 presidential election, he would quickly address the nagging problem of insecurity and implement economic programs that would improve the quality of life of Nigerians.
“You need someone to keep you safe in Katsina State. You need someone who will bring projects to Katsina State. You need someone who will appreciate the people of Katsina State.
Wike reiterated that the PDP needs a presidential candidate who is brave, tough and capable of defeating the failed All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the 2023 general election.
“APC will not give you the power. We will take that power back from APC and return it to PDP on behalf of Nigeria. I am that person who can stand up to APC and win them over. I’m not going to run the election to support the former presidential candidate. I came out because I knew I would win the election.
Wike urged delegates not to vote for any aspirants based on ethno-religious sentiments.
He affirmed that they will make an informed choice by voting for him based on his background and his commitment to the PDP.
The governor, who described himself as the most prepared contender, however argued that if someone else emerges as the PDP presidential candidate, he would support the person to defeat the APC.
“If I don’t get the ticket, I will continue to work for whoever stands as the candidate of the party, because what we are talking about is how the PDP will regain power, how we can resolve the problem of insecurity, of how we can solve the problem of hunger.
“You can’t go to the farm, again your wives can’t go to the farm. When they go to the farm, they will be kidnapped, they will be raped. Can we continue to live in fear? Can we continue to leave this country with these people who let us down?
In his remarks, former Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema said Wike had demonstrated during his national campaign that he had the ability to lead Nigeria and solve the problems of insecurity, of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and unemployment.
“Anyone who is not willing to take up this challenge, to look at the people and address their real and genuine concerns, will only be interested in power for themselves.
“I am happy that we share the same vision. We are thinking in the same direction and we hope that Nigeria after 2023 will be a better, more prosperous, more focused and increasingly leading African and black world leader.
Katsina State PDP Chairman Salius Yusuf Majigiri said party loyalists were delighted to receive Wike and his campaign team and identified with his aspiration to become President of Nigeria.
Similarly, Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike wondered what a good job President Muhammadu Buhari had done that the presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised to consolidate.
Wike, who is a presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Nigerians are under the yoke of the APC’s maladministration with a situation of intractable insecurity that has crippled the economy and increased hunger.
Speaking in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, last Friday when he met Governor Douye Diri at Government House, Wike said God and Nigerians would forbid such a successor to emerge, for the country must be freed from insecurity, hunger, poverty and the dwindling economic fortunes of Nigeria and its people.
“It’s very unfortunate when I hear people declare (the intention to be president) under APC and say that they want to continue the good work of Mr. President: the good work of people who are dying every day? Or the good work of Naira falling every day?
“I’m so ashamed that we’ve reached the level of sycophancy where people will come and say ‘I want to continue Buhari’s good work.’ What is Buhari’s good work? Hunger, poverty, insecurity, plummeting economy?
“I can’t believe anyone will come out in Nigeria today and say I want to continue where Mr Buhari left off. May God never allow this evil to continue.
Wike described himself as the bravest leader who can lift Nigeria out of its current woes and therefore urged PDP delegates in Bayelsa State to support his candidacy for the presidency.
The Governor of Rivers State urged his counterpart from Bayelsa State to support his candidacy for the presidency as he was running on behalf of the two sister states.
Wike said he understood the particular problems of the two states, the Niger Delta region and was able to address them sufficiently as President of Nigeria.
In his response, Bayelsa State Governor Senator Douye Diri noted that the PDP constitution provides for the rotation of the post of presidential candidate between North and South.
He reiterated that it was appropriate that it be applied within the framework of the principle of equity, justice and fair play.
Diri described his Rivers State counterpart as a local politician who understands the issues both in the South-South region and in Nigeria as a whole.
“The South-South challenges, the Niger Delta challenges, the Rivers and Bayelsa challenges, you have put the shoe on, and only those who wear the shoe know where it pinches. And so, there is no other seeker who understands our challenges and problems other than you.
“You might as well have said this is our state I don’t need to come and campaign in Bayelsa, I don’t even need to come and see the delegates in Bayelsa, my brother governor is here, he will do it for me . And if you had called me on the phone, I would have said ‘don’t come, stay in Port Harcourt, we’ll do it for you’.
He noted the need for a courageous leader like Wike to reverse APC’s top-down administrative modus operandi which has plunged Nigeria into economic dire straits.
Diri assured his governor brother that the people of Bayelsa State would support him to realize his presidential ambition.
Wike, who later met with PDP delegates at the party secretariat in Yenagoa, reminded them of how he stood firm and never betrayed former president Goodluck Jonathan.
The Rivers State Governor said he is giving himself up to the people of Bayelsa to see him as their son, who needs their support to be able to land the PDP presidential ticket.
Wike has described himself as a full member of the PDP who has never quit the party and remains the only brave and fearless person who can take on the APC in the 2023 presidential election and win it.
The governor of Rivers State regretted that the APC-led federal government had been unable to crush bandit activity in some parts of the country.
He, however, said that the bandits would naturally run away if they knew he had become Nigeria’s next president.
Also speaking, former Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Hassan Dakwambo said Wike needed their support to materialize his candidacy for the presidency.
According to him, Wike was not just one of their own, but a trusted, tested, psychologically prepared leader who has the courage to provide the necessary leadership that Nigeria craves.
In his address, the Chairman of PDP in Bayelsa State, Mr. Solomon Agwana, said the country needs a visionary leader like Wike to pull itself out of the abyss.