(By Chris K.Amadi)-Governor Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has disclosed that some presidential aspirants seeking his support in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have promised him the position of vice president in the course of their consultations but that he had consistently declined the offers because of the overriding interest of Rivers State.
Speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday, the governor said he has no plans to seek for the position of Vice President of Nigeria in 2019 as being speculated.
“Not even in the dream will I seek that position at this point. I am a first term governor and the National Chairman of PDP is from my State and the South-South.
“These are mere allegations. People can carry rumours, but everything I will do, will be in the interest of Rivers State. Nobody can use Rivers State as a tool. They did that in the past, but not anymore “.
Governor Wike said that the decision to host the October 5/6 2018 National Convention in Port Harcourt was initiated without his knowledge, adding that he eventually attended a meeting where Governors and Presidential Aspirants ratified the resolution.
He said: “I am shocked that a few Presidential Aspirants who never opposed Port Harcourt as a venue would begin the sponsorship of media attacks on the venue of the convention, which was not initiated by us.
“When we say that there are moles amongst the Presidential Aspirants, this is one of the manifestations. A decision that is collectively taken, is being contested through clandestine sponsorship.
“But if they want, the National Convention can be held at Maiduguri, Yola, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kano or any other city. A presidential aspirant that would lose, would lose.
“All the national delegates that will vote at the National Convention will emerge from the different local government areas of the country and from the statutory delegates list. None will be elected in Port Harcourt. Therefore, it is uncharitable to attempt to create the impression that hosting it in Port Harcourt will influence the outcome”.
Asked to comment on the Lagos State political rift between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his godfather, Governor Wike advised him to resist the godfather.
He said: “If it is correct that the godfather is against Ambode , I will tell him (Ambode) to resist it. I will tell him to promote the interest of his state. Godatherism is not good. It negates development. “