Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed to get rid of banditry within six months if elected President in 2023.
Wike said he had drawn the blueprint to provide the logistics and gadgets necessary for security agencies to expeditiously end banditry in the country.
Wike, who spoke at a meeting in Abeokuta with PDP delegates from Ogun State, said he would prioritise the protection of life and property of every person.
He said: “Once there is insecurity you can’t do anything. You must have peace for investors to come in, for people to set up industries. So the basic thing in my first six months as president of Nigeria is to end banditry.
“All those bandits, let them wait for me. I will pursue them. It is my job. I will provide to security agencies whatever they require.”
Wike in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the country yearned for a strong, courageous and fearless leader like him to resolve the ongoing security.
The Governor told the delegates that he was the only presidential aspirant that had never defected from the PDP since its formation in 1998 to another political party.
He urged the delegates to be circumspect as some of those vying for the PDP presidential ticket were among those, who aligned with the APC to defeat the party in 2015.
He said: “Today, we are suffering. We are in opposition. Who are those who plotted against us? Who are those who masterminded for us to lose the 2015 election?
“Today, we are crying that we are in opposition, today we are fighting how to take back power. Who are those people who took the power that PDP had and gave it to APC. You know them.”