The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has stated that he has no intention of joining the APC.
Although being impressed by the APC’s support for a power shift to the south, Wike claimed he is still an unrepentant member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while speaking at the 114th quarterly general meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers on February 20 in Port Harcourt.
“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.”