Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said approval has been given to the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to use the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for the campaign rally former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the state.
The governor, however, explained that the approval granted at no cost to the Presidential Campaign Council, was that the stadium would be accessible to the council 48 hours to the February 11th, 2023 presidential campaign.
Wike, who disclosed this while speaking at the campaign flag-off rally by the Rivers State PDP Campaign Council in Oyigbo Local Government Area on Friday, said the Director-General of the PCC in Rivers State, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, has no right to want to take possession of the stadium one month before the date of the stipulated event.
He warned Dr. Sekibo not to provoke the state government by desperately wanting to take possession of the state owned stadium weeks to the campaign, or else the approval would be cancelled.
Wike, however, said by the approval, Dr. Sekibo and his group could only begin to access the stadium two days to the event to verify and put in place what they required for their rally.
“Let me also use this opportunity to warn Abiye Sekibo, we have made approval for your presidential candidate to use Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, February 11th, you have no right to begin to go to the stadium now. We cannot give you access to the stadium now. We can only give you access to the stadium two days to the occasion for you to prepare.
“Nobody gave you one month. So, if you dare it again, to go and force yourself into the stadium, I will cancel the approval with immediate effect. Dare it again, I will cancel it. Heaven will not fall. In fact, if heaven falls now, we will be happy that it was in our time heaven came down,” he said.
The governor wondered why Sekibo was acting against the approval given to him and said it appeared that he was looking for a reason to blame in the event that the rally fails.
“I know you are not ready to do that rally. You are only looking for excuse. But you must do it. I know you are going to import people, no problems, go and import. We have given you the stadium,” Wike added.
The governor also took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State for blaming the crisis that greeted the campaign of its governorship candidate in Mile one Diobu, Port Harcourt on Thursday on him.
He stressed that APC became a victim of the brewing crisis between the two factions in Rumuwoji community because they did not address their demand adequately.
Wike wondered why APC did not encounter crisis with their rallies when they used the Tipper Park in Etche Local Government and the IYM secretariat in Ikwerre Local Government.
The governor asked them to stop complaining if they were not ready for the forthcoming general elections because the PDP in the state was fully prepared for the election.