Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State alleged on Saturday that some political forces have been plotting to hijack the state throughout the 2023 elections.
However he vowed that such plots wouldn’t come to fruition.
Talking on the funeral service for a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic get together (PDP) within the state, Dr.Ferry Gberegbe ,Wike challenged the folks of the state to get able to defend their votes throughout these elections.
Gberegbe ,the PDP agent in Khana Native Authorities space throughout the 2019 governorship election was allegedly killed by FSARS operatives on the Bori collation centre throughout the polls.
Paying tribute to the deceased,Wike stated: “”He (Gberegbe) didn’t die due to illness; he didn’t die as a result of he was doing one thing unlawful. He died in defence of our votes. The one crime he dedicated was to defend our votes.
‘’It is just on this a part of the nation that you just defend your votes they usually say that you’ve got dedicated an offence. Our good friend and brother is gone, however he paid the worth for democracy to outlive in Nigeria.
‘’He paid for democracy to outlive in Rivers State. As for these of us who’ve that spirit, he has laid the inspiration for the defence of democracy.”
Persevering with,he stated: “I heard somebody say two days in the past, any individual in China instructed any individual in Port Harcourt that what occurred in Imo State, that’s what they are going to do in 2023.
“They stated they are going to write outcomes and the court docket will settle for the outcomes. I stated Rivers State is a special state. When you write outcomes, you face the implications. I’m not fearful as a result of these individuals are all the time boasting.
“In 2015, they stated no one can be governor; any individual turned governor. In 2019, we’ll see what is going to occur and you’ll not even see electoral materials, however at this time, we’re governor.
‘’Now, to offer their folks hope, they’re speaking of 2023. Because of this younger man, they won’t see the Authorities Home in 2023.”