Finally, Rivers re-approves stadium for Atiku’s campaign


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed that the state government has re-approved the use of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in the state for the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party to host its presidential campaign rally.

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The Rivers State Government had on January 31 withdrawn the initial approval of February 11 on the grounds that credible intelligence and recent development show that the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation was working in collaboration with the All Progressives Congress in Rivers.

The government said it understood that the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation was intending to share the approved facility with the APC whose activities are characterised by violence and destruction.

However, during the state PDP Campaign rally in the Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area on Tuesday, Wike said the government reapproved the use of the venue after pleas by many personalities.

The governor also spoke on the crisis in the PDP, even as he faulted the comment by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu that a member of the G5 visited him (Ayu).

Wike said the claim was false as no member of the group of five PDP governors advocating for the Southern Chairmanship of the party will visit Ayu.

He said nobody can blackmail the G5 governors to drop the political advocacy, because it is a fight they must surely win.

Wike insisted that no man can chase them away from the party they built.

The Rivers governor and four others have consistently demanded the resignation of Ayu as a precondition to support the PDP flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar in the February 25, presidential election which is just 17 days away.