As we wait for the re-run of the River State governorship elections, tempers are still continuing to flare up within the polity. The latest has the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Dakuku Peterside, telling the embattled Governor Nyeson Wike to go and prepare his will.
Mr. Peterside said this after a statement credited to Wike, read that any official of the nation’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) posted to the state to rig election should be prepared for the consequences by writing his/her will.
However, Mr Peterside, in retaliation said that no Nigerian would die in the rerun election, urging Wike to rather go and write his will while addressing a massive crowd who received him at the Port Harcourt International Airport on arrival from Abuja. While receiving the cheers from the mammoth crowd, Mr. Peterside said:
“I heard that Wike threatened that if they killed one person before, that they are prepared to kill 100 people this time, and he told INEC officials that would be posted to Rivers state to write their will.
“Wike is daring the will of God, the will of Nigerian people and the will of Rivers people. Not one single person will die. Wike should rather go and write his will; his speech is a sign of frustration.
“What we are noticing is the crying of a frustrated man. Let me tell you, 50% of those in PDP government are already members of APC, they are just temporary members in the government to collect their share.”
Meanwhile, Wike, alleged that there was a major plan by the APC-led Federal Government to kick him out of the government house following the judgement of the Appeal Court on December 16, which upheld the ruling of the election tribunal, but implored the people to look beyond him and put a stop to the evil wind of enslavement being propagated by conspirators.
He said this while addressing his party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) officials and government functionaries, at the State’s party secretariat in Port Harcourt during a one-day seminar organised by the party.
The chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Felix Obuah, in a statement issued by the party expressed his disappointment in the court’s ruling describing it as a “gang up” against the PDP in the state but insisted that the party will continue to believe in the ability of the judiciary not to be biased in its dealings,.