By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt
He stated that the federal government runs on “vindictiveness, intimidation and illegality, whilst denying Nigerians the dividends of democracy” noting that more high-profile defections were in the offing across the country.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Port Harcourt, the governor stated: “Politics is all about alignments and re-alignments. We expected these defections, knowing that the ruling party at the national level has completely failed the people.
“It is not hidden that even when they had majority in the two chambers of the national assembly, they never had it easy because their representatives knew the APC has nothing to offer the people.
“For me, I had expected these defections more than a year ago. More will happen across the country “.He berated the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, for his double-speak on Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, decrying the unfounded allegations by the APC against the governor on the killings by herdsmen in the state (Benue).
Wike stated: “APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said in one breadth that Ortom is the best that they have. The following day, because he had defected he said fielding Ortom would have been a calamity. This double-speak is laughable.
“I think it is unfair for the APC national chairman to begin to do the work of the security and the Judiciary. For him to indict the aides of Ortom for Benue killings when the APC never took that position when he was in their party is most unfortunate. Now that the Benue state governor has defected, they are throwing up these allegations. These are the people who claim they want to fight corruption, but they are always acting illegally.
“This is politics of vindictiveness. This is politics of vengeance. There is an extent to which you can push people. You can intimidate people, but not all the times. When you push people to the wall, they tell you ‘enough is enough ‘. That is what you are seeing today in Nigeria. “The governor pointed out that the PDP was working round the clock with all stakeholders to put an end to failed APC federal government in 2019 saying that the PDP was stronger and more vibrant, having been rebuilt over the last three years.
“It is not easy for an opposition party to receive defectors of such magnitude. It shows that the party is doing quite a lot. We don’t need to make noise. But people are working on the ground. We don’t need to come on the pages of newspapers to outline what we doing. The ruling party only believes in intimidation and harassments”, he said.
He alleged that in Rivers state, the APC federal government was using the EFCC to intimidate government officials, despite a subsisting court judgment on the matter. He said the state government would not succumb to intimidation.
On the execution of projects, he said that his administration would sustain projects delivery till the end of the first term.
Governor Wike said that the time for political campaigns had been earmarked, pointing out that it would not affect the execution of projects.