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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could die out if it does not field an eligible candidate to win the 2023 presidential election.
It was even then that the presidential aspirant advised the PDP not to allow any aspirant who would later default with the party’s mandate to emerge as its presidential standard bearer.
Wike, who is a presidential aspirant in the PDP, said victory in the 2023 general election was crucial for the party’s survival, adding that he remains the most eligible aspirant who can defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC ).
The Rivers State Governor made the claim while wooing Anambra State PDP leaders and delegates to support his presidential ambition in Awka, the capital of Anambra State last Saturday.
He told the delegates that as a mark of honor he must personally visit Awka to officially inform them of his ambition to become the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I didn’t send you anyone, because I have respect for you. We have been in opposition since 2015, and if we don’t win this election in 2023, we might as well forget the PDP. So everything must be done to win this election. No sentiment should be introduced, and of all the aspirants, whether the person is from Anambra, Sokoto, Imo, look at all of us, who can resist APC in this election? It’s me!”
The governor reiterated that before the 2015 general election, some of the current presidential aspirants defected to the APC and the PDP lost the presidency.
He said it was ironic that after the PDP was rebuilt and made formidable; those who gave it up are back and jostling for the party ticket.
“I have challenged APC before. I defeated them individually with the government in power. You know what happened in Rivers State. All I ask of the delegates, if you really want the PDP to win this election in 2023, just give me this ticket. Go home and sleep with your eyes closed. I will win the election.
Wike chastised the APC-led federal government for its failure to stem the tide of insurgency and banditry in the country.
He argued that any government that cannot protect lives and property has failed in its primary responsibility and should be dismissed.
He reiterated that if elected President of Nigeria, he would end the current wave of insecurity and put the country back on the path to inclusive prosperity.
“Listen, the day I win the general election in February next year, anyone will say they are a bandit; let him wait for me; I will bring them war.
He urged delegates to support him regardless of their former governor, Peter Obi being an aspirant.
According to him, he remains the only eligible presidential aspirant who can defeat the APC in the 2023 general election.
In his remarks, former Gombe State Governor Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo said the story of the PDP cannot be complete without Wike, who joined the party in 1998 and has remained a loyal and supportive member. .
He described Wike as a courageous and fearless leader, who over the past seven years has transformed the infrastructure landscape at Rivers State.
Also speaking, PDP board member Maxwell Okudoh noted that without Wike’s efforts, the party would have disappeared.
Okudoh said that at this critical juncture in Nigeria’s history, a courageous and determined leader was all the country needed to lift it from the brink.
Similarly, another board member, Ms. Chinelo Mofus, said that the people of Anambra State strongly support Wike’s quest to become the next president.
“Our prayer is that Almighty God will give you victory. The people of Anambra are firmly behind you.
Previously, Wike had visited the Obi of Onitsha, Eze Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, to inform him of his presidential ambition.
During the visit, Wike pledged that if elected president, he would ensure that traditional rulers are given a constitutional role in the governance of the country.
Achebe, who described Wike as a courageous and focused leader, said the country was in dire straits and desperately needed a leader to restore its lost glory.
“You have been described by your brother Governor as courageous, focused and successful, and I can attest to that because I have watched your performance and your leadership. We pray to God that we have the right direction to lead our country, and you you are featured.
Similarly, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to allow any candidate who would later defect with the party’s mandate to emerge as his presidential standard bearer.
Wike, who is a PDP presidential aspirant, urged PDP delegates to vote for him at the party convention because he does not have the inclination to pass the party’s mandate to another party, if he wins the presidential election.
The Governor of Rivers State said this while wooing PDP leaders and delegates in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State, last Friday.
The Governor said the advisory became imperative due to the defection of some Governors including that of Ebonyi State, Engr David Umahi and PDP lawmakers in the ruling All Progressives Congress.
“I never quit this party one day. When PDP was in trouble, I stood firm and said that PDP will not die. Don’t give a (presidential) ticket to the person who runs away from the party tomorrow. I am the only person that Nigerians know will not run away from the party.
Wike expressed his optimism that a day of reckoning awaits all those who defected from the PDP to the APC.
According to him, the PDP would continue to fight against the injustice inflicted on it by the defectors in order to strengthen the country’s democracy.
“My colleague, David Umahi, wherever you are, wherever you are, listen to me very well: the PDP had sleepless nights, the PDP won the elections, and you took the mandate of our people and went in another party. If you know that you are a man and you are very strong, and that every day they fix an election, you will win, I challenge you to resign as governor and contest the election, if you will win again.
The governor urged Ebonyi delegates to back his presidential ambition as he was the only aspirant with the ability to defeat the APC in the 2023 presidential election.
Wike reiterated that the PDP cannot afford another defeat in the 2023 general election.
To this end, he advised delegates to avoid ethno-religious sentiments and vote for him in order to lift Nigeria out of the abyss.
“What the PDP wants now is who can win the election. It’s not about where you come from. What the party wants today is who can win the election for the PDP. Give me that ticket, let me go and earn APC for you.
The PDP presidential aspirant, who has lamented the spate of killings across the country, says if he emerges as Nigeria’s next president, he will decisively tackle insurgency, banditry and growth of the national economy.
Wike revealed that as President of Nigeria, he would encourage the active participation of women and youth in politics.
“If I am president of this country, I will have no less than seven female ministers. I will have no less than seven young people as ministers.
In his address, the Governor of Enugu State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi commended the PDP loyalists for their steadfastness despite the recent defection of some party members to the APC.
Also speaking, the former Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo, told delegates that Wike had the experience to deliver the good governance that the majority of Nigerians aspire to.
“Governor Nyesom Wike is the person who is prepared for the position in terms of training, in terms of character, courage, commitment to the party and most importantly, his determination to work with all of you after he is became president of this country. He is strong, he has great energy.
“I have worked with many people, including presidents, but I want to assure you today that Governor Wike is one of the most active and strong people I have worked with in recent times. . He is very strong, he is very committed and he is very determined.