Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to treat the Southsouth geo-political region with fairness, justice and equity following the zoning controversy in the party ahead of the 2023 election.
The Governor said having consistently voted for the PDP since 1999, the party should not ignore the Southsouth’s contributions to its success.
Wike, according to a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, gave the admonition during the meeting of PDP stakeholders in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Monday.
He said: “The Southsouth is the pillar of the PDP. If the Southsouth is the pillar of the PDP, they must be treated with fairness, justice and equity.
“It is not only when it comes to work, it is not only when it comes to giving votes, that we will all remember that the Southsouth is the pillar. When it also comes in terms of sharing, they should remember that this is the pillar of the party.”
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Wike charged his colleagues, National Assembly members and other stakeholders from the zone to set aside their differences in the overall interest of the PDP.
“We have all said that Nigerians are waiting for PDP to take over in 2023. That is true. But we cannot takeover if we are not united. We cannot takeover if don’t work together,” he said.
The Rivers governor stressed that the only way PDP could wrest political power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government in 2023 was for the party to remain united.
He said Nigerians were already disenchanted with the APC-led Federal Government that had through its economic policies inflicted hardship on the masses.