Governor Nyesom Wike has claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will prevail in all Rivers State elections in 2023, with the exception of the presidential election, till the right thing is done.
Wike made this statement on Monday, October 31, 2022 in Port Harcourt.
He spoke at the swearing-in of newly appointed 319 Ward and 32 Constituency Liaison Officers Wike also criticised the former transport minister, Dr. Abiye Sekibo; calling him a failed politician who had no right to speak for the people of Rivers.
The governor said: “PDP will win our state. I am not hiding it as far as the governorship, House of Representatives, Senate, and state Assembly are concerned. The other one (presidency) we have not decided until the right thing is done.”
Regarding Sekibo, Wike said, “I watched when one Dr. Abiye Sekibo while addressing people in his house yesterday (Sunday), said he is the director of Atiku’s Supporters in Rivers. I have no problem with that. But he does not have the capacity to speak on behalf of Rivers State.
“He (Sekibo) said Rivers State has been having a close relationship with Atiku Abubakar and that Rivers State has always benefitted from Atiku. Sekibo has a personal relationship with Atiku, not Rivers State.
“Sekibo was Minister of Transport when Atiku was Vice President of Nigeria. Can you people mention one project in Okrika? I don’t even want to talk about Rivers State. In Ogu/Bolo, one project that he brought down to Rivers State. Is there anyone?
“I was a junior minister for that matter. But I’m proud to say anywhere I go to in this state, that I brought dividend of democracy to Rivers. As a junior minister, I brought Oil and Gas Polytechnic sited in Bonny in Rivers. There was no Faculty of Law at the University of Port Harcourt since the creation of that institution. But I brought it.
“As a Minister, I made sure Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, even if they are state institutions, I made sure they got grants of N500 million each.”