Governor Nyesom Wike has slammed political critics and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had condemned the same faith ticket but support a presidential candidate from the north.
The Rivers State governor who was referring to the PDP national leadership, made the assertion on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at the special dedication service for the Rivers State PDP 2023 general election campaigns rallies, held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, the state’s capital.
Wike maintained that those involved in such double-speak and try to hoodwink some gullible few knew that they were insulting the sensibility of well-meaning Nigerians who want a united country that advances national cohesion.
“You play on people’s intelligence; you say Nigeria is not ripe for Muslim-Muslim ticket, I agree. But Nigeria is ripe for presidency to remain in one zone? I mean, just look at the insult. You blow hot and cold.”
Wike urged those people who condemned the same faith ticket to also know that Nigerians were also saying it was wrong to retain the presidency in the north after President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight years.
“Most of you just sit there, you don’t ask yourselves questions. Somebody continues to sell this kind of cheap ideas,” he added.
He added, “Your party wants the presidency to go to the same zone where president Muhammadu Buhari is coming from. Who is cheating who?”
The Rivers State governor also spoke reminding the church of the need for it to participate in the voting process. However, he said, it should not get involved to the extent of serving as cannon fodder against any political party or political actor.
Wike pleaded with the church to be careful and resist those politicians who come to mobilise them as if there was a religious war to wedge.
“It is not now that politics have come, you want to come and tell the church a different story for your own personal interest. We have to be careful so that the church is not destroyed. Because, all of us, for example, we are Anglicans, I will not allow anybody, for his selfish interest to destroy the church of Nigeria. I will not allow that.”
Wike also, warned that his administration would not allow those who in the past instigated wanton destruction of lives and property in the state under the guise of politics to repeat the same.
He appealed to members of the PDP in the state to resist deliberate attempts by some disgruntled politicians to provoke them ahead of the 2023 general elections.