Wike approves use of stadium for Atiku’s campaign
He however stated that the approval granted at no cost to the Presidential Campaign Council, is that the stadium will be accessible to the council 48 hours to the February 11th, 2023 presidential campaign.
He stated the Director-General of the PCC in Rivers State, Dr. Abiye Sekibo has no right to want to take possession of the stadium one month before the date of the stipulated event warning Dr. Sekibo not to provoke the state tate government by desperately wanting to take possession of the state-owned stadium weeks to the campaign, or else the approval would be cancelled.
Wike explained that by the approval he signed, Dr. Sekibo and his group can only begin to access the stadium two days to the event to verify and put in place what they required for their rally.
He said; “Let me also use this opportunity to warn Abiye Sekibo, we have made approval for your presidential candidate to use Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, February 11th, you have no right to begin to go to the stadium now. We cannot give you access to the stadium now. We can only give you access to the stadium two days to the occasion for you to prepare.
“Nobody gave you one month. So, if you dare it again, to go and force yourself into the stadium, I will cancel the approval with immediate effect. Dare it again, I will cancel it. Heaven will not fall. In fact, if heaven falls now, we will be happy that it was in our time heaven came down.”
Wike wondered why Dr. Sekibo was acting against the approval given to him and said it appeared that he is looking for who to blame in the event that the rally fails.
The Governor added; “I know you are not ready to do that rally. You are only looking for excuse. But you must do it. I know you are going to import people, no problems, go and import. We have given you the stadium.”
He also used the opportunity to condemn the state All Progressives Congress (APC) for blaming the crisis that greeted the campaign of its governorship candidate in Mile 1 Diobu, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
The governor stressed that APC became a victim to the brewing crisis between the two factions in Rumuwoji community because they did not address their demand adequately.
He wondered why APC did not encounter crisis with their rallies when they used the Tipper Park in Etche Local Government and the IYM secretariat in Ikwerre Local Government and asked them to stop complaining if they were not ready for the forthcoming general election because the PDP in the state was fully prepared for the election.
Governor Wike mocked Senator Andrew Uchendu, because despite serving in several administrations, he failed to attract development project to his Mgbuitanwo community. According to him, it was his administration that contracted Julius Berger to construct internal roads, fitted with street light in Mgbuitanwo.
The governor stressed that the APC governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, in collusion with the immediate past administration of governor Chibuike Amaechi, sold the State gas turbines and diverted $50 Million from the State account.
Governor Wike said the APC governorship is now facing criminal charges with the state government demanding from him to refund the $50million, which it wants to use for development projects.
“Go and bring our money back. We want to use the money to develop the people of Oyigbo, to develop the people of Rivers state.”
The governor further accused the APC governorship candidate of masterminding the killing of scores of persons in Abonnema by the military during the 2019 general election.
The Rivers State governor told the Oyigbo people to know that the PDP governorship candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, will continue from where his administration will stop and consolidate on the gains made already.