I’m ready to die to stop APC winning Rivers in 2019 – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Sunday gave an indication that the 2019 election in Rivers State could be as violent as previous elections.
Mr. Wike, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been having a running battle in the state with his predecessor and current transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi, who is of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking on his preparedness to defend his party’s votes with his life, Mr. Wike was quoted by his spokesperson as saying “I am ready to place myself on line, nobody will take Rivers State.”
Mr. Wike’s statements were contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Simon Nwakaudu, who said the governor spoke at a thanksgiving service.
The governor also spoke about a recent ruling by the Court of Appeal that annulled the election of a PDP senator and replaced him with that of the APC.
“2019, they will not succeed. As far as we are concerned, we have no senator in Rivers East. The man going there has no capacity to represent us,” he said.
Read Mr. Nwakaudu’s full statement below.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has decried the destruction of key national institutions by the poor governance model of the APC Federal Government. 
Speaking during a Thanksgiving Service in honour of Senator George Thompson Sekibo at the St Thomas Anglican Church in Diobu on Sunday, Governor Wike said that due to the negative governance style of the APC, the police and INEC have metamorphosed into rigging machines that threaten the peace of the country.
According to him, the Appeal Court judgment which led to the loss of Rivers East Senatorial District mandate was a fallout of the unfortunate illegal alliance between the police and INEC.
He explained that the APC tendered results certified by the Police to the Tribunal, which the tribunal relied on, rather than the results declared by INEC on election day. He said incidentally, both the INEC and Police results had the same serial numbers, which revealed the fraud perpetrated by the two institutions. 
He said: “Instead of bringing change as they promised, things are getting worse. They have introduced extreme fraud in the country, especially denying the people their mandate. 
“2019, they will not succeed. As far as pee are concerned, we have no senator in Rivers East. The man going there has no capacity to represent us. All of us should be ready. We should be praying to God, but ready to fight”.
The governor said that nobody should be afraid of the Police and the Army in the defence of their mandate in 2019.
“Nobody should be afraid of the Police or Army, because liberty comes with a price. They have nothing to campaign with outside the use of security.  I am ready to place myself on line, nobody will take Rivers State “, he said.
Governor Wike explained that he was at the airport to receive President Buhari because the President is for all Nigerians, irrespective of political parties. He, however, said that he continues to disagree with the policies of the Federal Government, especially the faulty fight against corruption. 
In his remarks, George Sekibo reiterated his declaration that he received unflinching support from Governor Wike and Ikwerre people all through his political struggle.
He said that there was no Ikwerre agenda in his ouster from the Senate.
Mr. Sekibo, a senator, said: “If it was an Ikwerre Agenda, it would have been displayed at the point of voting.  At the tribunal, those who took away the mandate were not Ikwerre people.”
Delivering his sermon, Richard Okpara urged judicial officers to use their constitutional powers for the good of the country.

He also called on the Federal Government to learn to accommodate all political interests, saying that the political space should not be overheated.
“We must learn to blend for the good of the nation. We must be careful not to heat the polity. Variety is the spice of life, monotony kills interest.”


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  • joel

    Too bad…

  • aisha ani

    Please don’t start making promises that you can’t keep. We all know how your brother has refused to make good of his promise to commit suicide, please think carefully before making these statements.

    • A.A.Ngalos

      His brother has denied making the promise of committing suicide (PAF),
      who will guess the abbreviation in bracket?

  • henry

    You want to commit suicide because of what? Nonsense

  • Tommy Soto

    How about living and trying to improve the conditions of your people and state and letting future politics take care of itself?

  • Ezekiel

    Of what use will be your death, it’s only the living that are useful among the the living, drunk.

  • JasV

    God will grant you this very well deserved wish of your heart.

    • Usher- Join The Revolution


  • Abdussalami Yaro

    Mr. Wicked, how sure are you that you will see 2019?

  • Peaceometer

    Courts judgment clearly showed that your lawmakers were not elected. Wike, Deziani bribe still fresh in our memories. Well, if you want to die, you can die. Orhrh.

    • Sincere-Voice

      Don’t mind the drunk!

  • Sincere-Voice

    The more this Wike talks, the morgue show his folly. If Pdp had won the case at the court, he would have been all praise like when he won his case against APC at the court. He openly praised Buhari for not interfering. But now that Pdp lost, it is all story. Come 2019, you would be flushed out of the government office, and nothing will happen.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Another politician giving us another empty promise. Wike, I will remind you in 2019. By the way, how do you plan to end it, just curious?

    • share Idea

      Have you been to Rivers to witness the democracy dividend this governor have been delivering to the state.

      The article stated emphatically that the governor urged the people not to be intimidated by security agency when defending their votes…

      • simon tor gideon

        Why is it that when court judgements are in favour of his party,he does not cry foul?

  • wode

    Imagine, just imagine the mentality! This man has forgotten that it’s people that vote and select who they want, albeit God enthrones and dethrones whoever He wishes. The PDP mentality of crooked approach and manipulating the system is what he’s still carrying about. I doubt if this is the kind of person many Rivers people want and really deserve.

  • Bakanridi

    It seems he seriously plan to make the forthcoming violent. But why? I hope the people of Rivers State will not allowed themselves to be used as sacrificial lambs for satisfying one’s premordial interest. What a pity?

  • curseless

    Brother Wike, politics in Nigeria is not worth dying for under any circumstances unless you are just blustering.

  • joelaw

    Mr winny wike sir, you don’t need to wait till 2019 to lay your life on the line, you can do it now because you will surely lose in 2019. Are you God, this bragado is too much haaaaaabah, this man speaks like a thug.

  • Dan arewa

    Hopeless man always saying rubbish, dying or not , the people decision should be final, the court made you a governor and the court make another person a senator you should respect that as final.

  • Spoken word

    only cowards and buffoons talk like this.I am sure he will piss on himself if he has a gun pointed to his head.

  • tundemash

    Wicked Wike, start by dying now that APC has taken the Senatorial seat in Rivers East. Loud Mouth !

  • Oskirin

    hope wike will bring his family along….

  • Pluti

    A leader defines defines its people, just imagine the mad man representing River state and PDP. Turning choosing a leader to killing innocent residents of Rivers state but will not die to develop the environment of the residents. We really need to allow a lot of intellectual debates months before elections, so the stupidity of the aspirants can be seen at least that’s a step.

  • NwaIgbo

    Translated, Wicked Wike is ready to spill more innocent blood for politics. We shall see.