Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday reiterated his claim that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Dr. Iyorchia Ayu diverted N1.1 billion in party funds, daring Ayu to sue him over the claim.
Wike made the remarks at the Rivers PDP 2023 election campaign kick-off at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Omagwa, Ikwerre Local Government Area, where he also declared that he would leave office as a fulfilled leader.
The governor said, “I have challenged Ayu. You cannot lead me to campaign. I will not. Rivers will not. Whether they like it or not, Ayu cannot lead us to campaign”.
He alleged: “You (Ayu) are building a university in Benue State, but you have not stayed one year in office. I said you took N1billion, I told you, you took N100million, I told you, you took the money that we realised from the primary. Ayu, sue me.”
“My dear brothers of the Integrity Group, you’ve done well,” he told the G-5 governors and supporters during the PDP crisis. They tried to break us, but they couldn’t, and they will never break us.
“Here in Rivers, I will say it and let the heavens hear me. Let the earth hear me today. I will not support anybody who says that no other person from other ethnic groups can be President. I will not do it.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us whether you’re Hausa, Fulani; whether you’re Yoruba, whether you’re Igbo, or you’re Ikwerre, whether you’re Urhobo, whether you’re Itsekiri, you’re Ijaw, or from anywhere, you are entitled to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“So, when you go on national television and tell anybody, don’t vote for the Yoruba, don’t vote for the Igbo, you didn’t even mention where I come from, which means, nobody identifies with me. Which means, I come from nowhere. But God knows that I come from somewhere.
“Not one of the PDP Integrity Governors will lose governorship seats of their states. No amount of gang-up will make us lose Abia, Enugu, Benue, and Oyo states, and who is that that will come and win Rivers State?
“I am going with my shoulders high and going happily because I have never said I will do something and I did not do it. We have a lot of armed robbers and kidnappers coming to be governors. Please, open your eyes.”
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