The immediate past minister of State for Education and governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nyesom Wike, has said he will win the governorship election in 2015, if the party gives him the ticket.
Wike, who was addressing members of the party yesterday at the state secretariat in Port Harcourt, warned the state delegates not to elect someone that would betray the party.
The former minister, who was at the party secretariat to formally inform members reason for resigning his position as minister, and to publicly declare his intention to contest, commended the leadership of the state Chairman of the party, Chief Felix Obuah, and members of the State Working Committee (SWC).
He said: “I’ve come to formally inform you, members of the State Working Committee and leaders of our party of my ambition to vie for the 2015 governorship of our state on the platform of the PDP. As you have heard, it was for this purpose that I resigned as a member of the Federal Executive Council, and I believe that without you, no success can be made.
“I have also come to ask for your permission to visit each of the 23 local government areas of the state with my team. I have to inform you before I proceed on such visits to ensure that we achieve our dream.”
He reminded them that he had not withdrawn his support or loyalty to the party, since he registered as a member in 1999, adding that he was fully prepared to reclaim the mandate and ensure that the party formed the government in 2015.
He, however, said he would voluntarily offer to serve as campaign manager to any aspirant, who emerged as candidate at the party’s primaries, which he said, would be transparently conducted by the leaders of the party in the state.
Responding, Obuah, on behalf of the State Working Committee, welcomed the former minister and his entourage, and commended him for recognizing the supremacy of the party.
He assured him of his commitment and service for the benefit of members of the party.
Obuah also commended the party executive, adding that indication of interest by over 20 governorship aspirants in the state was due to the transparency and openness of the party.
He used the occasion to warn members against what he called, misguided utterances, saying the party would not tolerate any act of insubordination or careless speech by any member of the party, no matter how highly.
“This is a payback time, but nobody will be victimized. We will do what is necessary to reciprocate the leader’s support for the party. But again, I must say, nobody will be adopted as candidate,” he said.tweet Follow @@metrolens1