Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has said that “no one man born of woman could determine the political destiny of Rivers State.”
Mr. Wike did not mention former governor Rotimi Amaechi by name, but this is seen as a veiled reference to the transport minister. Both men are fierce political enemies.
The governor said this on Friday in Port Harcourt when at least 58 governorship candidates in the State visited him at the government house to pledge they would work for his re-election as governor in the forthcoming election after they had stepped down for him.
The candidates alleged an ongoing plot by the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission to disrupt the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.
They spoke through their Chairman, Pastor Samuel Ihunwo.
He said, “We observed that our people were killed by the military. We have come for a solidarity visit because as the father of the state, you are pained by what is happening. We condemn in totality, the unwarranted killings by the military.”
However, governor Wike, in his response, said that no one man born of woman could determine the political destiny of Rivers State.
“If we rely on the security agencies, by now, we will not be here. Only God protects us in Rivers State.
“If you see the connivance between the APC and the security agencies, you will marvel how we have gone so low. The security agencies aiding individuals to perpetrate crime; it is unfortunate.
“You cannot cling to power through the blood of innocent people. Those people who believe that the only way they can come to power is when they finish killing everybody, should emulate these governorship candidates,” the governor said.
Violence had marred last Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections in some parts of Rivers State.
At least seven people were reportedly killed in a shootout between political thugs and the military in Abonema.