GOVERNOR of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has finally settled for the Presidential candidate to support in the February 25, 2023 election having finally rejected the chioce of the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Wike camp preffered supporting the APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The revelations came from the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike at the weekend.
Nwanosike who is a strong ally of the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, told Sunday Sun that the state chapter of the party would now support and campaign for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of rival All Progressives Congress (APC) for the February 25 presidential election.
The PDP standard bearer for the 2023 presidential election, Alhaji Abubakar and the G-5 Governors championed by Governor Wike have been in a running battle over the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, with the aggrieved governors insisting that Ayu must resign.
Because of the sharp disagreement between Atiku and the G-5 governors, supporters of the five governors in their states appear to be undecided on the way to go.
But Nwanosike told Sunday Sun that the position of Rivers State is now.
Investigations also showed that elders and opinion leaders who are known Wike loyalists in the state have held several meetings on the issue and after their deliberations, strongly resolved to campaign vigorously for Tinubu in the state while the leadership of the party on the other hand would work round the clock to ensure that its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar loses in the state.
Hon. Nwanosike who was cornered by Sunday Sun after one of such deliberations, without mincing words confirmed the findings.
According to him, the elders and opinion leaders of the state have decided to dump Atiku and work for Ahmed Tinubu because of what he described as “unfairness and political imbalance” he claimed Atiku was propagating.
Nwanosike said that the PDP national leadership has been taken over by men who specialised in manipulating the process to achieve their personal
He recalled that it was clearly stated that when the PDP presidential candidate emerges from the North, the national chairman of the party on the other hand should come from the South and vice versa if the presidential candidate of the party emerges from the South.
“We politicians cannot sit down and watch this happen. To halt the injustice, elders and opinion leaders of Rivers State after careful deliberation on the matter, zeroed in on Tinubu as the most suitable candidate.
“We have x-rayed the three frontrunners in the race, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and Bola Tinubu, it is Tinubu we found to be the true unifying factor.
“To say that Nyesom Wike’s vote is just one vote is a mere political rhetoric that makes no meaning.”
He said that Wike is a man that won governorship election coming from the opposition back to back, adding that “he has the support of Rivers people and they will rally round him anywhere he goes to.”
According to him, the people of the state met without Governor Wike and took the decision to move forward, adding that the governor is, however, being awaited to address the people.
Interestingly, Nwanosike is the chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, the home base of the immediate past Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi, who came second after Tinubu during the APC presidential primary.
While the former Transportation Minister moves around the state carrying out ward to ward campaign for APC standard bearer in the state, Tonye Cole, the APC presidential candidate Tinubu has never been mentioned anywhere he campaigned.
Rather the gubernatorial candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state, Senator Magnus Abe, Amaechi’s former ally, and now his political foe and his camp, are the ones campaigning for Tinubu
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