Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has stated the reason the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) called off its rally in the state.
The governor said the PDP PCC canceled its rally in the state because they lack the numbers to fill the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium approved for the event.
Wike spoke on Monday at Nyemoni Secondary School field in Abonnema town, the venue of the PDP governorship rally in the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.
He said the decision by the campaign council in Rivers was expected because none of the members has the political clout to mobilize an encouraging number of supporters for the rally.
The governor explained that PDP PCC in Abuja had applied to him seeking approval of a venue to use for their rally in the state, which was approved because of their lack of capacity.
He said the PCC went to clear another piece of land in Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout owned by the state government, which was not granted.
The governor also refuted the claim by the PDP PCC that the campaign rally was put off because of fear of bloodshed, stating that the allegation is false and baseless.
He said: “I gave them the stadium, they know they have no capacity to fill the stadium, they are looking for excuses. They went and forced themselves to use government land at Trans Amadi. I said no, that was not where I gave you. Where I gave you was Adokiye Amiesimaka, go and fill that place.
“They now said no, we won’t go there again. We don’t want people to die. Who is killing who? Is anybody killing anybody? I said don’t pay money, I will buy the diesel for you. I will do everything for you. Mobilise, go, and fill that stadium. They ran away.”