AHEAD of the 2015 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State has said that the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, is qualified to contest the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Though Wike, who is the financier of the PDP in the state, has not officially declared his interest in the governorship position, there are indications that he may be gunning for the post next year.
There has been a heated debate over the governorship interest shown by Wike, who hails from Ikwerre and the same senatorial district with the incumbent state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
But the state Chairman of the PDP, Chief Felix Obuah, warned that nobody should threaten any PDP member for showing interest in any elective position in the state.
Obuah spoke on Thursday in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area during the inauguration of the PDP unit executive members, the unit executive of the Grassroots Development Initiative and the celebration of the party’s victory at the Appeal Court in Abuja,
He argued that the minister had done a lot as a leader for the growth of the party in Rivers and deserved the support of the people of the state.
He said, “I assure our great leader, Mr. Nyesom Wike, that his leadership is not in any way comparable to that of any person in the state. We want to assure him that any day, anytime; we will continue to respect his leadership.
“We are assuring him that just like any other candidate that has interest to contest the governorship of the state, if he (Wike) is interested to contest for any position in this state, he should not be afraid; he should come out. He has done enough and deserves the people’s support.
“Let nobody threaten any PDP member. If you are interested, come out. I must sincerely say that apart from God Almighty, we owe this Appeal Court victory to our mentor, our financier, our leader, Nyesom Wike. We will join hands together to make sure that Rivers State is delivered to the PDP and the PDP alone.”
The state PDP chairman cautioned that those planning to frustrate the government of President Goodluck Jonathan would fail, just as he appealed to the abductors of the Chibok schoolgirls to release them.
Calling on the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram and its sponsors to release the Chibok girls, Obuah described the children as innocent and did not deserve to continue to stay in Boko Haram’s den.