David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can win Anambra State governorship election if all members of the party in the state cooperate with its leadership.
Wike who was in Anambra State to conduct the ward congress of the party with his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose, said the party won the Rivers State governorship election despite stiff opposition from ranking members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and that in Anambra State, it would be a simple case as there is no strong force in the state.
Wike, who addressed party members at its state Secretariat yesterday, said no one would buy the officials or even use money to influence the process as he and his team came prepared for the job and did not need assistance from any of the party’s aspirant to do a good job in the state.
He said: “I am the chairman of the ward congress committee, and the governor of Ekiti State, Fayose, who is the chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, is also a member. PDP looked very well before selecting us to do the job.
“We are not people you can buy with money. Look at my car there, I bought the fuel by myself and came down for the job, and we came with our own kola and drinks too, so we do not need anyone to give us kola or drink to do the job.
“We have resolved that there will be a ward congress, and no one should talk to us about consensus or even entertain fear that we may be bought. We have told the aspirants to go into the field and prove themselves, and if they are popular, they will have nothing to fear about.
“What we need is for the aspirants to come together and support themselves and the party, and whoever wins the ticket, will surely win in Anambra State. Who do you have here in opposition party that is strong that can stop PDP? If we can win in Rivers State, Anambra State is a small case because you don’t have anyone here that can stop PDP,” Wike said.
Fayose however cautioned that any attempt by any of the aspirants to cause violence in the ward congress would be met with immediate disqualification.
He assured them that the process must be credible and acceptable enough as it is the first step to getting things right in Anambra State again.
THISDAY gathered that intrigues and horse trading have characterised the party congress ahead of next Saturday’s primary election as it is believed that any of the aspirants that gets a sizeable number of the delegates might eventually fly the party’s flag in the November election.
Most of the aspirants were seen at the party’s secretariat trying to seek audience with the visiting governors, just as attempt to reach a consensus to select one of the aspirants has failed following popular demand for a congress by the congress committee and the caretaker committee of the state party led by Prof ABC Nwosu.
Culled from Thisday