- The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has again expressed his stand against the leadership movement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- The former presidential candidate and his loyalists have promised not to leave the PDP until the right thing is done
- In a new development, Wike disclosed that he is not bothered if the party shuns him, but he is certain the PDP cannot win Rivers state without his full support in the 2023 elections
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Governor Nyesom Wike has revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot win Rivers state without his support in the 2023 general elections.
Wike who has been at loggerheads with the leadership of the party since Atiku Abubakar's emergence as the PDP flagbearer made this assertion during a media chat on Friday, September 23, The Cable reported.
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“I'm not saying PDP cannot do without me, I'm saying they cannot do without me in Rivers”
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“PDP cannot win Rivers without me.”
Wike opens up on Atiku's choice of running mate
Speaking further, the former presidential candidate noted that he was aware of the underground moves of the Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, to become the vice presidential candidate of the PDP, Punch reported.
Wike said that though he was aware, he expected good sense to prevail in the party.
He affirmed thus:
“That he (Atiku) was going to run with Okowa. That Okowa supported him. We were all aware. It is not that we didn’t see.”
Nigerians took to the Twitter page of the newspaper and reacted to the development.
"So Wike alone is the whole of Rivers State ."
"He's been in Grassroot politics from 1999...he might have other intents but Wike didn't bluff."
"That's why Everything we do na for Peter. ✊."
"That's a show of strenght based on performance. I am not a member of PDP, but i like the man's verve and confidence."
"Let February come and do abeg."
"With you or without you Rivers will vote Obi."
"First to do no dey pain wike pepper them."
"Is he lying? He's the leader of the party."
"PDP will win your local government without you Mr. Mouth."
2023: Wike holds crucial meeting with PDP chieftains
For the first time after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential primaries, Governor Nyesom Wike, on Thursday, September 22, summoned a stakeholders and leaders meeting in the state.
A source who spoke with The Punch disclosed that Wike is expected to brief stakeholders, leaders, and chieftains of the PDP in the state on happenings at the national level, one of which is the decision of some bigwigs to dump Atiku Abubakar's campaign council.
Another issue expected to be discussed is whether or not Wike will support Atiku's presidential ambition since he and some others have pulled out of the said council.
Full list of 2023 presidential candidates, their running mates, ages and educational qualifications
In another report, on Tuesday, September 20, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reached another milestone as it published the final list of Presidential and National Assembly candidates for the 2023 general elections.
The INEC list indicates that there are 18 presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections.
Legit.ng provides the full list of the candidates, their running mates, their political parties, ages and educational qualifications.