Chairman, national campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Edo state governorship election and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has come out to refute reports that he would be isolated until the September 9 poll is concluded.
He revealed this in his address at the inauguration of the 93-member campaign council on Tuesday.
According to him, he does not operate at the same level as his Kano State counterpart, Ganduje, and his isolation reference is just a plot to use security agencies to rig the election in favor of the ruling party.
He added that no one can intimidate PDP in the Edo election so the opposition party should be ready.
His words, “Nobody can intimidate us in this election. Yesterday (Monday), I was told and today I read on the pages of newspapers that Governor (Abdullahi) Ganduje said that he was going to isolate me until the election is over. If Nigeria were to be a country, who is supposed to be isolated?
“A man who pocketed dollars in a babariga from contractors is not isolated and you say that I should be isolated? In this country, where are we heading to?
“Let me tell you why they 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 from the Niger Delta, we shall “chop” his dollars and we will “chop” him into a coma. So Ganduje, your dollars will not work in Edo state. We have integrity in our party.
“But let us understand the statement made by Ganduje, don’t look at it ordinarily. What Ganduje said was that they have concluded with security agencies to make sure that the people of Edo state do not protect and defend their votes; that they will not allow them to come out and before you know it, they will announce the result. So he just said they will isolate me. No, I am not at his level.
“To the security agencies, any attempt to rig this election in Edo state, we will all know whether it is better for us to remain here or not because Edo people have spoken and it is very clear. Let nobody make any attempt, Edo state has come back to the PDP.”