Ondo 2020: ‘Akeredolu Must Be Careful… With Me’ - Wike Reacts To Governor’s Threat

By Tunde Olorungbotemi

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, cannot stop him from entering the state to support the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
Nyesom Wike, Akeredolu

The governorship election in Ondo State is scheduled to hold on October 10 and there have been altercations between the two governors.

Wike, who spoke in a special interview monitored by our correspondent on the African Independent Television on Monday, said Governor Akeredolu lacks the moral and constitutional rights to stop him from visiting Ondo State or supporting his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the forthcoming governorship election.

Akeredolu had last week declared Governor Wike a persona non-grata in Ondo State and warned him (Wike) not to play the roles of godfather in Ondo governorship election, like he allegedly did in Edo State.

But, Wike said Governor Akeredolu’s statement was unexpected of him as a lawyer who knows the position of the law regarding his fundamental right of movement.

He said: “I don’t want to believe that Governor Akeredolu said what he was quoted to have said because he knows the consequences of saying such. I can visit Ondo State tomorrow and nobody can stop me.

“I was in Edo State before the election and the Inspector General of Police told me to leave but I told him I would not leave the state and I didn’t leave. In the same vein, Governor Akeredolu or any other person in the state or the country cannot stop me from visiting Ondo State at anytime I wish to do so.

“Akeredolu was in Rivers State during one of our bye elections and nobody stopped him. He was in Rivers State to campaign for the candidate of his party and we didn’t stop him. So, how come he now wants to stop me from visiting Ondo?” he queried.

He urged the governor to face his campaign and leave others to do theirs in the interest of peace.

Wike said, ” I will advise Ondo people to protect their votes. They should repeat what happened in. Edo State.

“They would be intimidated, they would be cajoled, they would do all kinds of things against them. But in fighting for freedom, sacrifices must be made. They must know that they have to fight for their freedom and they will be intimidated. It’s for them to say yes, we can stand it.

“But for Governor Akeredolu to tell me that Governor Wike, you have been declared persona non grata, he knows he can’t do that. He came here to campaign in one of our by-elections and he spoke Yoruba , he can do that. But he can’t say that ( to declare me persona non grata).

“If he said that, I want to read it from the newspapers and hear it from him. But to now say, he has declared me persona non grata, from where? He knows he can’t try that.

“He doesn’t even have the capacity to say it. Even if he has that , he must be careful because you don’t say things like that to somebody like me. if he says so, I will be there tomorrow.”

The Ondo State poll is a three-horse race between Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress; his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who is contesting on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party and Jegede, the PDP candidate.

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