The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers, according to Governor Nyesom Wike, would continue to promote itself for the 2023 elections without mentioning any presidential candidates because none have come to an agreement with the state PDP to gain their support.
“Go home and have it on your mind that PDP in Rivers have taken governorship, taken the Senate, taken the House of Representatives, and taken the State Assembly elections,” Wike instructed the crowd during a Rivers PDP campaign event for the Bonny Local Government Area on Tuesday in Bonny Town.
He said, “It is the election we are doing here. These are the ones (candidates) who told me to come and campaign for them. No other person told me to campaign for him. I can’t force myself to campaign for you when you have not asked for it.
“These ones (candidates) have told me, so, I’ve come here to campaign. If somebody asks you to work for him, you’ll work for him. But if they don’t want you to work for them, will you force them? There’s nothing like propaganda, nothing like intimidation because nobody can intimidate us.
“We are very, very solid. We are very strong. No State can point at us to determine what will happen here. Nobody can do such. So, be bold to say, I’m from Rivers State, I live in Rivers and I am happy with Rivers. What is important is our state which we have collected.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, has previously rated the PDP in Rivers as the best in the nation for delivering infrastructure, according to Governor Wike, who claimed it is irrational for the APC to campaign there.
“All these people campaigning, what are they campaigning for? President Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of APC said I am the best as far as development is concerned. What nature of campaign will they be doing again?” Wike asked.
Calling on Rivers’ voters to support the state PDP guber candidate, Siminialayi Fubara, Wike said, “This is the closest time and period an Ibani son is getting to the throne of the governor of Rivers State. Now, who is the man that will decide what will be here and what will not be there. Is it not your son? What project is bigger than that project?”
If elected, Sir Fubara sais he would focus on developing Bonny with security, internal road construction to better alleviate the area’s persistent floods, and safeguarding the area’s traditional institution.