He said that the people of the state will stand by them and pursue the matter through laid down legal processes to its logical conclusion.
Wike, who spoke in Ahoada East Local Government Area, during the defection of former APC Chieftain and former Ahoada East Local Government Chairman, Mr. Cassidy Ikegbidi, noted that the dismissal of the policemen was aimed at discouraging other policemen from protecting him.
He said: “They gave me policemen for my protection, but before I knew it, they have dismissed them. They think they are punishing them, but Rivers State will stand with them forever.
“By the time we finish, they will realise that they have favoured the so-called dismissed policemen. In Rivers State, we don’t abandon people. No amount of intimidation will make me abandon these innocent policemen.
“The policemen committed no offence. Simply because they followed their boss, they said they should be dismissed. “They want to discourage policemen from protecting me. For me, I am not worried. I am a village man and a grassroots politician. Before you kill me, you would have killed so many people “.
He said that Rivers PDP is on ground in the state because it delivers projects to the people . The governor noted that Rivers people will continue to protect their votes, no matter what the APC does, stressing that nobody can intimidate him.
He said: “Nobody will intimidate me to change my mind. If you like bug my phone. As far as I will never plan coup, I will never be afraid.
A man with the people will never beg those who are bent on intimidating us. “The blood pressure of APC leaders is extremely high. I will continue to make their blood pressure grow higher. From now on, I have changed my name from high tension to Mr. Project.
“ He pledged to execute three key projects in Ahoada East Local Government Area and also rehabilitate Western Ahoada County High School. In his remarks, Mr. Cassidy Ikegbidi said he and his supporters defected because of the developmental strides of the governor.