Rivers State Government, Nyesom Wike, has said there will be mass defection in both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) before December.
In a statement signed on Thursday by Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike said the defections currently being witnesses across the country are part of plans by politicians to realign ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The governor dismissed reports that some governors who defected from the PDP to the ruling APC were being intimidated, saying “defection is an inherent part of the democratic process.”
“People are defecting; More will defect. Defection is part of our electoral process. As you are defecting, people are coming in. There are those who are angry there (in APC), they’ll come (to PDP). You that is angry here (in PDP), you will go. That is the game.
“If it is by provocation, if it is by intimidation, if it is by coercion, then Rivers State won’t have been in PDP. Because If there is one state that has been intimidated, if there is one state that has been punished by the ruling party, it is Rivers State. Yet, nobody can push us, nobody can intimidate us to leave the hope and the future of this country, and that is the PDP.
“PDP has done a lot of wrong things to Rivers State, but I cannot say we will leave PDP. We will be there and fight the war. The interest of Rivers State will be fought inside PDP, we will not leave anywhere.
“Even if all the states abandon PDP, Rivers State will not abandon PDP because we are people of integrity, we are people of character. Anybody who does not have integrity, who does not have character cannot say he is from Rivers State,” Wike said.
On Tuesday, after the defection of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, to APC, Wike had said governors defecting from the PDP to the APC lack conscience and cannot be trusted.