The Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said yesterday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, that it has not ruled out the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, or any member of the party wishing to contest the office of governor in the state in 2015.
The party was reacting to reports in a section of the media that Wike had been told to forego his governorship aspirations by the Presidency and leadership of PDP.
The party, in a statement issued by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the state chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, said no such directive was issued by the party.
The party said it has never contemplated or received any letter of intent with regard to the 2015 governorship election from any member of the party let alone choosing who is fit or not to be the Party’s flag bearer.
“As a party founded on democratic ideals, the PDP notes, there are set standards and criteria, and process of contesting intra and inter party elections which are open to all members irrespective of religion, tribe, ethnicity or social status etc.
“The party reassures all its members and intending aspirants into any office and not only the office of governor of fairness and level playing ground for all, stressing that the smear campaign against the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Barr. Wike is borne out of fear of his intimidating political profile and overwhelming acceptance by Rivers people as evidenced in the continued calls on him to present himself for election into the office of governor of the state in 2015”, he said.