The endorsement of Peter Obi of the Labour Party for the 2023 presidential election by the late President Olusegun Obasanjo, according to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, raises concerns for the PDP’s future (PDP).
On Tuesday, Wike made this statement at the official start of work on the Mgbuodohia Road in Rumuolumene, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.
Every PDP supporter should be concerned if Obasanjo chooses Obi over Atiku Abubakar, who served as his vice president for eight years.
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Wike said: “I meant no bad. I’m only worried as a prominent PDP member. A man who loves PDP should be worried.
“I was not mocking anybody. I was merely worried. My prayer was, look, let Obasanjo remain quiet and not say anything. That was all my prayer, but my prayer didn’t work.
“My prayer was that if this man makes any statement, it will indict us because he was President under the Peoples Democratic Party for eight years, and he worked with our presidential candidate.
“And the campaign of our presidential council is that our presidential candidate during the eight years did very well, with experience.”
On being castigated on his position over the development, the governor wondered “What did I do? I didn’t do anything.
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“All I did was to express concern. If you care for this party, it is for you to go back and ask what is fundamentally wrong.
“Me that is worried that we should do something and have expressed it, you’re abusing me for telling the party that we should do something.
“They are not bothered, but those of us who since 1998 joined this party, contributed for the survival of this party until now, we keep shouting always when we see danger coming.
“Abuses upon abuses, it will not change anything, rather it will spoil more things. What you don’t know, ask people, seek for advise, people will help you to solve the problem.
“Nobody can drive us (Integrity Group) from this house (PDP) we have built. All of us will fight here.
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“So, if anybody thinks that you can just sit in your house and dish out orders, it will not work. The house will collapse on you. So, you better think twice.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state was similarly written off by Wike, who claimed that the party’s soul and strength had left the carcass and that it could no longer count on the support of the local electorate.
Governor Wike specifically mentioned the amount of support that Chief Anele Orobule, a fervent supporter of the former governor Chibuike Amaechi, gave to the APC before she was exposed for broken promises.
He encouraged the residents of Rivers State to be cautious of Tonye Cole, the APC candidate for governor, claiming that Amaechi is fronting for Cole and that they have bad intentions for the state.
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When the Rivers State PDP’s Sir Siminalayi Fubara was running for governor, the governor advised him to think about building a bridge to connect Rumuolumeni to Eagle Island in Port Harcourt, when he assumes office.
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