Ganduje’s dollars won’t work in Edo – Wike

Nyesom Wike

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship Election, Governor Nyesom Wike, has replied his Kano State counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, on the comments that he (Wike) would be isolated.

Wike spoke on Tuesday during the inauguration of the PDP campaign council in Abuja.

Ganduje had said during the inauguration of the All Progressives Congress’ National Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship Election that “we will isolate Wike in an isolation centre and before he recovers, the election is over.”

In reaction, Wike referred to an incident involving Ganduje where he was caught on camera collecting kickbacks in dollars.

Wike said, “Nobody can intimidate us in this election. Yesterday, I was told and today I read on the pages of newspapers that one Governor Ganduje said that he is going to isolate me until the election is over. If Nigeria is supposed to be a country, who is supposed to be isolated?

“A man who pockets dollars in babanriga (flowing gown) from contractors is not isolated and you say that me should be isolated. In this country, where are we heading to?

“Let me tell you why they (APC) made Ganduje the chairman of the campaign council; it is because of the dollars they saw. But for dollars, Ganduje could not have been made the chairman of the campaign council.

“But what he doesn’t understand is that we are from the Niger Delta; we shall chop his dollar and we will chop him to a coma. So, Ganduje, your dollar will not work in Edo State, we have integrity in our party.”

Earlier, in his address, the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to save the nation’s democracy by ensuring that the votes of the people counted not only in Edo State, but across states where elections would be held.