On Tuesday, August 30, Governor Nyesom Wike called out a “Rivers Rapist” who had been present at a gathering in Kano State on Monday, August 29, to welcome Ibrahim Shekarau, a senator for Kano Central who had switched parties from the Peoples Democratic Party to the New Nigeria Peoples Party.
Wike questioned the number of individuals the ‘Rivers rapist’ had persuaded to join the party in his state while speaking at the commissioning of Ogbunabali Sandfilled Area in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital.
“I was watching television yesterday (Monday) when they went to Kano to receive Shekarau. I saw one rapist from Rivers State sitting at the back where he went to join them to receive Shekarau but I asked him; ‘How many people have you made to join your party in your state?’
“You have gone to receive somebody somewhere but you have not made efforts to receive other people to join your own party in your state. You like when food is ready, you’ll go but for you to cook, it is where people have cooked that you go to eat the food but you won’t cook your own.
“As people who want the party to win or who want their candidate to win the election, what role are you playing in your state to make sure your party wins the election? How many people have you been able to galvanise, mobilise them for them to leave their party to join your party? That is to show you are committed, willing and ready to make your party win an election.”