*says Nigeria needs a courageous individual as President
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Rivers State Governor and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential aspirant, Barrister Nyesom Wike on Thursday, said state police remains the best solution to the increasing wave of insecurity in Nigeria .
The governor who stated this in Ibadan during his meeting with Oyo State delegates to the PDP National Convention declared that the country will not be able to end insecurity without state police.
According to the Rivers State Governor, without intelligence, the war against terrorism cannot be won, saying, state police is a panacea to the insecurity challenges facing the country.
Emphasizing that Nigerians were aware of his views on restructuring and state police, Governor Wike said any country practicing true federalism knows that policing and intelligence gathering are key to surmounting insecurity challenges.
“Nigerians know my views, as I believe in restructuring and state Police. Let nobody deceive you, we cannot stop insecurity in this country without state police. In all the countries that practice true federalism, the Federal Government has its own Police, the state has its own Police. Local Councils have theirs too”, he said.
Governor Wike added, ” Go to those countries, the Police know who is living where and that is how we can bring down insecurity. If you like, go to America and buy 50 Tucano jets, it won’t work. Who are you bombing? Intelligence is key. You must have intelligence.”
Appreciating South-West PDP delegates for being his pillar of support, the PDP Presidential aspirant charged Nigerians to allow an individual with character and integrity, who is firm and courageous, become the next president and that he remained the best candidate that the PDP could put forward as its presidential standard-bearer.
“Allow people who have character, which is part of the qualities of leadership. Allow people with integrity. A leader must be firm and courageous. What PDP requires now is you having the leadership quality to put the best of heads and you being able to supervise and coordinate and give out functions. Governance is totally a different ball game.
“By the special grace of God and with God on our side, today, we can say that if the primaries are conducted transparently on the 28th of May, we will emerge.The Tsunami of support all over the country, whether it is in the North, in the West, in the East, or in the South, the support is so overwhelming than you can imagine. Let them formally announce myself as the candidate of the party. I mean, if you look at the situation on the ground, who actually do you think the party will give this ticket to?
Receiving the PDP Presidential aspirant, Governor Seyi Makinde declared the support of South-West PDP delegates for the Rivers State governor, saying, “I want to thank the delegates but there is really nothing much to say. If people say that Seyi Makinde and PDP delegates from the South-West of Nigeria are supporting Governor Wike, what will you tell them? Just let them know there is a reason behind the support.”