The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned that there might be consequences if the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, moves its national convention out of Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.
The national working committee, NWC, of the party had scheduled the October 6 convention for Port Harcourt but some of the presidential aspirants kicked against it.
Speaking while receiving Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state, who is one of the presidential aspirants on Wednesday, Wike said Rivers people will teach PDP a bitter lesson if the party changes the convention venue.
According to him, “I don’t know why anyone who wants to be president, will be afraid of a venue. Then you are not prepared for the election.
“Let me warn the party, if you dare, Rivers State will teach the party a lesson. Those days have passed when they took Rivers State for granted. Nobody can use and dump Rivers state.
“Nobody should dare Rivers State any longer. Enough is enough. PDP should know that we are not a punching bag. We are not a people you can use and push. We are not harlots. Whenever you want, you come. When you finish, you push us aside.
“We will retaliate at the appropriate time. When you go, tell your colleagues, the Presidential Aspirants. We were not interested, but having given it to us, you cannot insult us.”
The Rivers Governor reiterated his earlier alarm that there are some of the aspirants who have been planted by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to cause commotion in the PDP.
“You come here to deceive us about restructuring. Just that Rivers State is a venue, you fight it. Then, when you are there, what will happen? You think we are fools where you preach restructuring, then when you get the position, you abandon restructuring,” he said.
Wike disclosed that at the appropriate time, he will reveal the names of the aspirants working with the APC to scuttle the PDP primary.