Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has cautioned the federal government to adhere strictly to the rule of law in the prosecution of Biafran separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu and ensure it allays the fears of citizens that his prosecution is not done to target the southeastern region of Nigeria.
Mr Wike said the government must also ensure that all other terrorist elements in the country who have worsened the security situation in Nigeria are also prosecuted.
The Rivers Governor stated this on Thursday when he featured on ARISE News programme, The Morning Show, demanding that the federal government ensures bandits, Miyetti Allah and all other criminal elements causing similar security threats should be brought to book.
He commented as well on the recent defections of some governors and political office holders to the ruling All Progressive Party, describing them as lacking conscience and could not be trusted.
He accused the APC-led government of blackmailing and coercing some PDP governors and members to join its fold, stressing that no amount of blackmail or intimidation would make him leave the PDP.
Wike however acknowledged that mass defection in both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) was part of electoral process.
“People are defecting; More will defect,” Wike’s spokesman Kelvin Ebiri said in a statement on Thursday.
“There are those who are angry there (in APC), they’ll come (to PDP). “You that are angry here (in PDP), you will go. That is the game.”
Wike said the defections are part of the plans by politicians to realign ahead of the 2023 general election.
“Defection is part of our electoral process, as you are defecting, people are coming in.” Wike said.
Wike said defection by PDP governors to APC is not as a result of provocation and intimidation as it was expected the same would have happened in his state.
He noted that Rivers State is one of the most intimidated party in PDP and it is still a PDP 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,” Wike said.
“PDP has done a lot of wrong things to the Rivers state, but I cannot say we will leave PDP. He said even if the whole states abandon PDP, Rivers State will not abandon PDP.
“We are people of integrity, we are people of character,” Wike said.
“Anybody who does not have integrity, who does not have character cannot say he is from Rivers State.”