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I’m not joining APC – Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has again disregard speculations that he is planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Wike, who stated this on Monday at the 114th Quarterly General Meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt, said that he remains an unrepentant member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) despite being impressed by APC”s support for power shift.

He said: “I am not a member of APC and will not be. But, they have made me to recognise that they are the heroes of this country. APC governors came out to say for the unity of this country, presidency should go to the south.

“They said they want the unity of this country and therefore, the presidency should go to the south. They could have as well said no, it doesn’t matter. As governors we have the number. We can still say it should remain where it should remain. But they didn’t do that.

“They said the way we are seeing this country we want everybody to be together. Let no one say because I have the population, therefore, you will continue to dominate. In dominating you need peace, without peace you cannot govern.

“We are all Nigerians and we want unity of this country, want Nigeria to move forward as a united country. Rivers has always been in support of one Nigeria and we’ll continue to support one Nigeria. But in doing that, we believe in equity, justice and fairness. As governor of this State, I will vote for the unity of this country. I will vote for anything that will unite Nigeria.

“I will not support anything that will divide Nigeria. And that is what necessitated the principle of live and let’s live. If only one person continues to live, things will not be good. It’s not about party, it is about Nigeria. I am a member of PDP, unrepentant who in fact built this party when people ran away.

On his part, the chairman of the Rivers State Council Of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty King, Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V, Amanyanabo of Opobo, commended the governor for the respect he has accorded the council since his assumption of office.

The traditional monarch informed the governor that members of the Council, in a representative meeting, have resolved to support any governorship candidate of his choice that will carry on with the developmental blueprint of the state as laid down by him.

However, the king urged the political actors and their supporters, ahead of the general election, “To note that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any resident of this State. We must remember that political parties are only vehicles by which people access political offices.

“They are not permanent. Politicians can change parties anytime depending on changing circumstances. We, therefore, appeal to our politicians to eschew violence and stop using our youths as cannon fodder. Let the peace we are enjoying under this administration be sustained.”

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