Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers State has allayed threats by his Kano counterpart Kano Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who days ago threatened to isolate Wike during Edo State Governorship elections cum September 19.
In his response, Wike sent a open message to the All Progressives Congress (APC), that its rigging machinery will not work on September 19 during the Edo State governorship election.
Wike, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for the election, also took his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, to the cleaners.
Speaking during the inauguration of the PDP campaign council in Abuja on Tuesday, Wike said: “Nobody can intimidate us in this election.
Yesterday, I was told and today I read on the pages of newspapers that one Governor Ganduje said that he is going to isolate me until the election is over. If Nigeria is supposed to be a country, who is supposed to be isolated?
“A man who pockets dollars in babanriga (flowing gown) from contractors is not isolated and you say that me should be isolated. In this country, where are we heading to?
“Let me tell you why they (APC) made Ganduje the chairman of the campaign council; it is because of the dollars they saw. But for dollars, Ganduje could not have been made the chairman of the campaign council.
“But what he doesn’t understand is that we are from the Niger Delta; we shall chop his dollar and we will chop him to a coma. So, Ganduje, your dollar will not work in Edo State, we have integrity in our party. Nobody can intimidate us”.
On behalf of members of the council, Wike promised to ensure victory for PDP on September 19.
PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to save the nation’s democracy by ensuring that the votes of the people counted not only in Edo, but across states where elections would be held going forward.