A governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has said he will not be intimidated out of the governorship race in the state by those opposed to his ambition.
Wike, who boasted that he would contest in and win the forthcoming governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, stressed that of all the aspirants for the position of governor of the oil-rich state, he stood a better chance of winning the election in 2015.
Wike, who is the immediate past minister of state for education, spoke on Saturday while addressing PDP delegates in Ahoada West Local Government Area.
According to the ex-minister, some leaders disregarded their constituents because of the absence of any contract between them and the people. He, therefore, called on the delegates not to waste their votes on governorship aspirants who lacked the capacity to discuss and negotiate for the development of the state.
He pointed out that governorship aspirants, who were in the race with the belief that they would enjoy external endorsements, were wasting their time.
The former minister, himself, had been endorsed by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and is widely believed to be the Presidency’s preferred choice for the sole governorship ticket of PDP in Rivers.
Wike said, “Aspirants, who are not campaigning, are taking the people and PDP delegates for granted by erroneously thinking that they will emerge through external endorsements.
“Those who are making noise are just coming, they know nothing about the feelings of the people and what they have passed through. They have not engaged in any political engagement.
“If you are popular, come and stand election. This election, nobody will dash governorship to any person. This election, I will run in the primary and win and I will run in the general election.
“Anyone who is threatening violence does not love the President (Goodluck Jonathan). However, we are on the ground and all these threats will not move us. We are with the people to lead PDP to victory”.