Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike on Saturday made confirmed the long held impression about him: he is not a gentleman. He made this declaration publicly in far away Anioma town, Delta State, where he spoke at a grand reception in honour of his colleague in Delta, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
Interestingly, Wike had to cancel a similar reception planned in his honour which was to hold same day in Rivers. The reception, expectedly, turned out to be a campaign for the re-election of the Delta governor.
At the reception, the man considered as the godfather of Delta politics, Chief James Ibori as well as his successor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan spoke of the qualities of Okowa and underscored why he would remain in office beyond 2019.
When Wike took the microphone, he caused a stir. His comments about him not being a gentleman also generated cheers and laughter. Wike said he used to be a gentleman until he saw what opposition politicians were plotting against him, then he decided to stop being gentle.
Wike also rained curses on those that may have been plotting evil against him and his party. He said evil would not depart from their homes.
Also on Saturday, the APC in Rivers State pilloried the PDP over its handling of the local government elections. Crisis has trailed the primary election of the PDP, as well as allegations of imposition of candidates, hijack of electoral materials et cetera.
The APC chairman, Ibiamu Ikanya said in a telephone interview that the party was still standing its grounds and would not participate in the election, because of the pending case at the Supreme Court.
Media aide of the chairman, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka who spoke on behalf of the party chairman said the PDP was merely wasting the state's resources on an election that will not hold.
He said what was happening in the PDP was an indication that the party was not willing to change and operate with democratic tenets at heart.