Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has said he and his political allies will soon conclude talks on their preferred Presidential Candidate for the February 25th election.
But the Governor gave a clue on the direction of their discussion, saying the people of the State understood their political importance and would not play a second fiddle in the forthcoming poll.
Wike spoke at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Omagwa Town, in Ikwerre where the Rivers Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) inaugurated their Local Government Campaign on Tuesday.
The Governor said Rivers people had been sensitised to vote the candidates of PDP for governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly.
He explained that the forthcoming elections would not leave the room for any form of electoral manipulation and intimidation from security personnel.
He told the people to be sure that all votes must be put in one basket in favour of candidates of the PDP in the state.
But he appealed to them to wait for him to conclude discussions with his political allies on the presidential candidate they should vote for in the forthcoming poll.
The Governor insisted that it would be a case of one man, one vote and no blackmail could thwart the collective resolve of the people on whom to support with their votes.
Wike said: “This time, no army will do anything. No Fakorode will do any thing. No police will do anything. Now, it is one man, one vote. All the votes must be in one basket from governorship to House of Assembly. The other one we are concluding. When we conclude, you will be told.
“Nobody should intimidate you. Nobody should tell you any story. We are free born of this country. We are not second class citizens. Nobody can tell us anything. I dare them. Let anybody do any funny thing, We’ll tell them we are from Rivers State.
“As we finish from here now, you’ll go home and start working before the appropriate time when we will ring the bell, when you hear the bell being rung, know that the decision has been taken”.
Wike explained that governance was not about story telling but performance that translated into making living easier for the people and seeing them happy.
He said the successes of his administration would be continued by the consolidation team to be headed by the PDP Governorship Candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, and advised the people to elect him.