Rivers State chapter of the People Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday dismissed malicious claims by Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, that Governor Nyesom Wike was mobilizing militants for the September 28 election.
The Rivers PDP said Wike only advised the Edo electorate to vote for its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, defend their votes and ensure such counted.
Addressing reporters yesterday at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, PDP Publicity Secretary, Samuel Nwanosike said Wike could not be deterred by cheap blackmail or allow his party to be manipulated.
PDP said the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC had lost its popularity, adding that Oshiomhole and his party should wait till the Election Day to see which party was more popular in Edo.
He said: “Wike has no link with militants. The statement credited to Oshiomhole shows that he is a desperate man who is looking for a way out. There is no truth in the statement that Wike and Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa provided N2 billion for the Edo State governorship election.”
On Wike’s amnesty programme in Rivers State, the PDP said the governor was not giving financial support to cultists or militants but beginning a move that would improve their lives.
He said: “At APC rally in Bonny, one of the chieftains accused Wike of giving money to cultists and militants in the name of amnesty. We are here to say that the governor cannot exchange the livelihood of the youths, which is paramount, to a mere stipend.
“Governor Wike is a man who understands the plight of his people. He knows what is good for these boys. He doesn’t want to give them money but an empowerment that could last forever. That was why the call for amnesty was necessary.”