The PDP Presidential Campaign Council has been given permission, according to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, to utilise the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt for a rally in support of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party’s candidate.
The Governor said that the PDP Presidential Campaign Council did not pay anything to receive the approval.
This was revealed by Wike on Friday during his speech at the PDP presidential campaign’s kickoff event in the state’s Oyigbo Local Government Area.
He, however, warned the Director-General of the PCC in Rivers State, Dr Abiye Sekibo, not to make any attempt to access or take possession of the stadium before the approved date, saying he could change his mind and withdraw the approval.
He warned Sekibo not to provoke the Rivers State government by desperately wanting to take possession of the state-owned stadium weeks into the campaign.
Wike said: “Let me also use this opportunity to warn Abiye Sekibo; we have made approval for your presidential candidate to use Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, on February 11.
“You have no right to begin to go to the stadium now. We cannot give you access to the stadium now. We can only give you access to the stadium for two days to the occasion for you to prepare.
“Nobody gave you one month. So, if you dare it again, to go and force yourself into the stadium, I will cancel the approval with immediate effect.
“Dare it again, I will cancel it. Heaven will not fall. In fact, if heaven falls now, we will be happy that it was in our time heaven came down.”
Speaking further, he added, “I know you are not ready to do that rally. You are only looking for an excuse. But you must do it. I know you are going to import people; no problems, go and import. We have given you the stadium.
“I know you are not ready to do that rally. You are only looking for an excuse. But you must do it. I know you are going to import people; no problems, go and import. We have given you the stadium.”