Former Minister of State for Education and People’s Democratic Party Governorship aspirant in Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has said he would not agree to the zoning of elective positions by the PDP in the state.
Wike spoke at a World Press Conference to unveil his campaign office in Port Harcourt.
The former Minister is particularly not pleased with the plan to zone the PDP governorship ticket to Ikwerre which will make him ineligible to contest the election. He also said that none of his opponent can beat Amaechi in 2015
“I will not accept any attempt to impose any governorship candidate on the party. Let all the governorship aspirants go to the primaries to test their popularity. These are critical times, so it is in the interest of our party to put the best candidate forward for the 2015 governorship election”.
“Why are they clamouring for zoning? If the other aspirants truly believe that they are popular, why are they shying away from participating in an open contest? Who among them can match Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, at the polls in 2015? Who among the aspirants in the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, can defeat me at the primaries?”
He boasted that he is ready to sweep the majority votes in the state, having done his homework as a grassroots politician
“As for those who are talking of protest votes, I make bold to say that the Ogonis will vote for me; the Kalabaris will vote for me. I have done my home work very well. Even though I was a minster working in Abuja, there was no weekend that I was not in Rivers state. I am not an Abuja based politician. Governor Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress, APC, know that they cannot match me at the electoral field”.