Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has denied any plans to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a yet-to-be new political party, in reaction to some rumors in the media.
Wike who is one of the PDP state governors backing the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the party, has remained one of the voices opposition of the Buhari administration.
The media have been awash with reports that the governor, along with other state governors, is planning to join forces with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to float a new political party, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
But, Wike, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs, Barrister Chris Itamunola, told newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday that there is no aota of truth in the report.
Insisting that the report lacks credibility, the governor stated that the allegations were mere speculations arising from his openness to interact with people irrespective of their party affiliations.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, has called on the people of the state to come out enmasse and vote for PDP candidates during the legislative rerun elections scheduled to hold on December 10, 2016.
Harry-Banigo, in a statement issued in Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday explained that the only way for them to be effectively represented at both the National and State Assembly is for them to come out in their numbers and cast their votes for the PDP government led by Wike whose performance has endeared the administration to the people.
She also called on the people of Rivers West Senatorial District to see the re-run election as a period to re-enact their seal as they did in the March 19, 2016 re-run election which was cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for no justifiable reason.
The Deputy Governor advised Rivers people and non-indigenes alike to vote wisely and refuse to be intimidated by desperate politicians and other enemies of the State who are bent on instigating violence during the re-run election, stressing that “God would not allow them to succeed as God’s hand is on Rivers State.”