The Minister of State for Education and the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has declared that he will win the 2015 governorship election in the state if he decides to run.
Wike explained that those clamouring for Governor Rotimi Amaechi did not have what it would take to beat him in a governorship election, insisting that he was conversant with how the game of politics was played.
The minister, who spoke in Port Harcourt shortly after the members of the Muslim Community in the state paid him a courtesy visit to mark Eid-el-Fitri on Monday, said those clamouring for the governorship position should forget their ambition.
Pointing out that it would not be difficult for him to clinch victory because he knew those that would deliver the goods at the ward level, Wike stated that mere endorsements and internet posting would not win election for any politician.
He said, “Most of them, who say the governorship seat is zoned to them; can they win in their local government area? I can tell you that if I declare today that I want to run, of all those that are clamouring today, none can win me in their various wards.
“So if you can’t win me in your ward, which person’s vote do you want to use to win election?
“Let’s take, for example, the Ogonis, we have Tai, Eleme, Gokana and Khana; four local government areas. Those who want to run there under PDP, which of them can win me? Come to the riverine area, in Andoni, who wants to run there?
“I heard of a retired Major. Come to Opobo, who wants to run? Come to Bonny, who wants to run? Come to Akuku Toro; I read that Dagogo-Jack said he wants to run. There is also Walson-Jack, Lulu-Briggs. But which of them will beat me in their various wards, if I want to run?
“This is my game; I have been chairman (local government) since 1999. There is nobody I don’t know in the various wards across the state. You know I headed the campaign committee of (Rotimi) Amaechi in 2011.”
Explaining that he was not afraid to declare his intent to contest the governorship election in the state, Wike said he was still consulting to decide if he would run for the governorship.
He added that the people of the state would know his decision at the appropriate time.
Wike stated that it was wrong for anybody to ask him not to run for an elective position in a democracy, insisting that nobody would defeat him if he decided to run.