Chairman, national campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Edo state governorship election and governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has slammed remarks credited to the governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje that he (Wike) would be isolated until the September 9 poll is concluded.
Wike made this known at the inauguration of the 93-member campaign council on Tuesday, July 7.
He said he does not operate at the same level as his Kano State counterpart; who doubles as the chairman of the All Progressive Comgress, APC, campaign council in the state.
According to him, Ganduje’s reference to his ‘isolation’ is nothing but a subtle plot to use security agencies to rig the election in favour of the ruling party.
He said: “Nobody can intimidate us in this election. Yesterday (Monday), I was told and today I read on the pages of newspapers that Governor (Abdullahi) Ganduje said that he was going to isolate me until the election is over. If Nigeria were to be a country, who is supposed to be isolated?
“A man who pocketed dollars in a babariga from contractors is not isolated and you say that I should be isolated? In this country, where are we heading to? As reported by 1stnews
“Let me tell you why they made Ganduje the chairman of the campaign council. It is because of the dollars they saw. But for dollars, Ganduje could not have been made the chairman of the campaign council.
“But let us understand the statement made by Ganduje, don’t look at it ordinarily. What Ganduje said was that they have concluded with security agencies to make sure that the people of Edo state do not protect and defend their votes; that they will not allow them to come out and before you know it, they will announce the result. So he just said they will isolate me. No, I am not at his level.
“To the security agencies, any attempt to rig this election in Edo state, we will all know whether it is better for us to remain here or not because Edo people have spoken and it is very clear. Let nobody make any attempt, Edo state has come back to the PDP.”
On his part, the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus called on President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct a free and fair election in Edo.
He further warned against the replication of what happened in Osun, Kano, and Ekiti states; noting that Edo people have resolved to keep faith with Obaseki for another four years.