Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has berated the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for leading the party leaders on a protest march to the national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.
Wike stated this yesterday while speaking at the commissioning of the Chokocho-Igbodo Road in Etche local government area of the state.
The governor said he warned the leadership of the PDP over its insistence that Northerners hold onto the presidential ticket and National Chairmanship seat of the party.
He said: “While other people are demonstrating, I am commissioning projects. I have not gone to do demonstration; my own is to commission projects and make my people happy.”
Wike commended Nigerians for voting a Southern President in the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The governor said: “Section 7(3)(c) of the PDP constitution recognised zoning and rotational presidency but the leadership of the party contravened the provisions of the party’s regulations.
“I owe nobody any apology at all. I am one of the apostles, one of those who stood firm that power must rotate to the South. This is for equity, this is for fairness and this is for justice.
“Whether you voted for Labour, I have no problem with you. Whether you voted for APC, I have no problem with you. That is what we have argued for: that the north has had it for eight years. Therefore the south must be there for eight years.”