Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike committed on Thursday to give “logistics support” for the campaigns of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi within the state.
Wike also stated that Obi, a former Anambra State governor, possesses all of the qualities required to lead Nigeria.
The Rivers governor informed the LP presidential contender of this in Port Harcourt, the state capital, at the inauguration of the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover.
“Each time you want to campaign in the state, let me know, all the logistics support, we will give to you,” Wike told Obi.
Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, were in the state capital to dedicate the current administration’s ninth flyover. They were greeted enthusiastically by a large crowd of their followers known as ‘Obidients.’
For months, Wike and four other governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have demanded the resignation of PDP national chairman Iyorchia Ayu as a condition for supporting the party’s presidential nominee, Atiku Abubakar.
While Wike and his associates have not been spotted campaigning for Atiku, it is unclear whether they will back Obi or Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the fight for Aso Rock’s top post, which experts and sharp watchers have described as a three-horse race.
Wike said though he knew the humiliation Obi suffered before he left the PDP for the Labour Party, he won’t leave the party but chase out the “armed robbers”.
“I know the humiliation you suffered. Nobody will hear what you pass through and stay in the party but I will not leave. I will stay and fight.
“I won’t leave this house. I will never allow armed robbers to take over this house. I will stay and chase away armed robbers.
“So, thank God because if you have not left, you would not have realised your ambition to be able to save Nigeria,” Wike told Obi.
Obi quit the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in October 2014 to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In the 2019 general elections, he was the running mate to PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.
He, however, left the PDP in early 2022 and joined the LP, where he won the party’s presidential nomination for 2023.
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