- Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed to ensure the victory of PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in 2019 elections
- Atiku on Sunday, October 7, won the PDP primary election that was held in Port Harcourt
- Wike said Nigerians have a duty to form a united front to remove the APC-led federal government
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has vowed to ensure that the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) unseat the All Progressives Congress (APC) from power in 2019 presidential election.
Wike made this known while addressing journalists after a 'Thank You Visit' by Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Sunday evening, October 7.
According to an online medium, Sahara Reporters, Wike said Nigerians have a duty to form a united front to "sack" the APC-led federal government.
He said with Atiku's emergence as the party's presidential candidate, "all hands must be on deck for the good of the country."
He said: "We have no party that will salvage the country other than the PDP. A candidate has emerged and we owe it a duty to see that the party takes over from the most inefficient and ineffective party in control of the FG.
"We are one family. You may support aspirant A or B, but once a candidate emerges, you owe it a duty to make sure your party returns to power.
"We are doing everything we can to ensure that we don't give APC any gap. They have failed Nigerians and we will take over in 2019. "I am happy that the convention was successful and it went on without hitches."
In his remarks, Atiku called on Nigerians to support the PDP. Noting that "the entire country needs a new government", he said the country has gone through challenges and needs to chart a new direction in the interest of the people.
He said: "I came to personally congratulate the governor, people and government of Rivers State and also thank him for hosting a most successful convention."
Atiku was accompanied on the visit by former Ogun state governor Gbenga Daniel, former Anambra state governor Peter Obi, PDP national chairman Uche Secondus,
Others are Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Senator Sam Anyanwu, former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives Austin Opara and Edo state PDP chairman Dan Orbih.
Wike received the PDP presidential candidate alongside the Rivers state PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, and Chief Sergeant Awuse.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, won the PDP primary election to emerge as its presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
In the election conducted on Saturday, October 6 at the party’s convention which took place in Port Harcourt, the former vice president defeated 11 other political bigwigs in the party.
He is expected to provide stiff competition to President Muhammadu Buhari who emerged as the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate.
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