Issues relating to the forth coming National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) billed to hold in Port Harcourt between 5th and 6th October 2018 took a centre stage last week in Government House, Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, clarified his position on speculations going round in some quarters that he was secretly harbouring ambition for the Vice President Position in the 2019 election, and that he also influenced choice of Port Harcourt as venue for the PDP National Convention.
Making the clarification, Thursday while speaking with “The Osasu Show” at Government House, Port Harcourt, the governor explained that though some presidential aspirants have offered him such position while consulting with him but that he had always objected to it.
He said the national Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, comes from the same state and geo-political zone, hence it would not be in the interest of Rivers State for him to seek that position.
“Not even in the dream will I seek that position at this point. I am a first term governor and the national chairman of PDP is from my state and the South South “, the governor said, adding that he would not do anything against the interest of Rivers State.
Commenting on the choice of Port Harcourt as venue for the national convention, Wike said the decision was initiated without his knowledge. He said he only attended a meeting where governors and presidential aspirants eventually ratified the resolution.
“But if they want, the national convention can be held at Maiduguri, Yola, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kano or any other city. A presidential aspirant that would loose would loose”. He attributed the allegation to those he described as moles amongst the aspirants.
Governor Wike announced some mouth-watering cash prizes to participants and winners of the 2018 edition of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Sports competition during the opening ceremony of the competition, Wednesday, at the Sharks Football Stadium Port Harcourt.
He promised each of the participating teams the sum of N5 million and cash prize of N20 million to best term. To the teams that would emerge second and third, the Governor promised them N15 million and N10 million respectively.
Wike, who lauded the Judiciary for the sports competition, noted that apart from litigations for which the judiciary was known for, there was need for them to get involved in sporting events and other recreational activities.
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onoghen declared that Governor Wike was the best governor in terms of giving support to the Judiciary. The CJN, who was represented at the event by Justice Sidi Bage, while commending the governor, urged other states to emulate what he called “the wonderful example of Rivers State”.
At the opening ceremony, which saw Team Rivers loosing to Supreme Court Team, by a lone goal, the late Attorney-General of Rivers State, Hon Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) was given a posthumous award for outstanding support to National Judiciary Games.
During the week under review, the Brick House hosted the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his Presidential Campaign Organisation on Thursday.
At the meeting, Gov Wike charged the National Assembly to pass the Electoral Act and that if Mr President objects to accenting to the Act, the Lawmakers should not pass the INEC budget. He said: “Once the Electoral Act is passed, if it is not assented to, I urge you people not to pass the INEC budget because INEC budget is based on the Electoral Act. I urged that these things must be taken together.
According to him, as leader of the National Assembly Saraki should do all he could for the Electoral Act to be passed.
Wike also called on PDP delegates from across the country not to elect a disparate person as the party’s presidential aspirant.