Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has told politicians to stop using Rivers State to get to power ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Wike said any politician who wants Rivers State votes must tell the people what they will do for the state.
The governor stated this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the Rivers State University’s campus in the Etche area of the state.
He further stated that he cannot be bought over by any politicians with any federal government appointment because he’s most concerned about Rivers State.
Wike alleged that the state had never benefited from any of the federal government’s projects throughout the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP administration and in the present one led by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that Wike has been at daggers drawn with the PDP leadership after losing the party’s presidential ticket to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
He said, “Since 1999, which state has given more support to the PDP than Rivers State? I challenge any state in terms of support for the PDP. Since 1999, show me one federal (government) project in Rivers State. Is there any one? If you want our votes, tell me what you will give to Rivers State.
“Enough is enough of using Rivers State, thinking we are foolish people and we don’t know what to do with our money. Enough is enough of using Rivers people, thinking that they will bring the votes and when they bring it you will push them away.
“Tell Rivers people what you are going to do for them not me. There is nothing any of them can do for me. I am interested in my state. Nobody can buy me; nobody. I am not going to go and look for a position at the federal level. Have I not been a minister before? So what are you going to use to entice me as a person? Nothing; rather, it is for the interest of my state.”