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2023: Wike still undecided on Atiku, promises PDP victory in state elections

2023: Wike still undecided on Atiku, promises PDP victory in state elections

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, stated on Monday that the state has not yet made a decision on the 2023 presidential election.

Despite the fact that the state had not yet decided how to proceed with the presidential election, he predicted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor, as well as all House of Representatives, the Senate, and the State House of Assembly candidates would triumph in the general elections of 2023.

Wike made this call at the inauguration of 319 Ward and 32 Constituency Liaison Officers, at the Government House in Port-Harcourt on Monday.

This was made known to journalists through a statement by Kelvin Ebiri, Governor Wike’s special assistant for media.

“PDP will win our state. I am not hiding it as far as the governorship, House of Reps, Senate and State Assembly are concerned. The other one (presidency), we have not decided until the right thing is done,” the Rivers governor said.

In addition, Wike attacked Dr. Abiye Sekibo, the former minister of transportation, claiming that Sekibo lacks the authority to speak on behalf of the government.

Dr. Sekibo serves as the Peoples’ Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council’s director general in Rivers State.

After joining forces with the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 election, Sekibo, Sir Celestine Omehia, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, and former senator Lee Maeba, who represented the Rivers South-East district, fell out of favour with the governor.

Wike said, “I watched a video when one Dr. Abiye Sekibo, while he was addressing people in his house yesterday (Sunday), said he is the director of Atiku’s Supporters in Rivers.

“I have no problem about that. But he does not have the capacity to speak on behalf of Rivers State.

“In that video, he said that Rivers State has been having a close relationship with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and that Rivers State has always benefitted from Atiku Abubakar.

“I want to correct one impression, Dr. Abiye Sekibo has a personal relationship with Alhaji Atiku, not Rivers State.

“Dr. Abiye Sekibo was Minister of Transport when Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was the 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?”

According to Wike, effective leadership is about serving the people, defending their interests, and developing others into capable successors rather than pursuing personal glorification.

He claimed that Dr. Sekibo is one of those individuals who is never happy with the good fortune they have encountered in life; otherwise, he ought to have remained mute in the public eye regarding his shortcomings as a leader.

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Cars Destroyed As Hoodlums Attack PDP Campaign Chair Residence In Rivers

The home of Senator Lee Maeba in the GRA, Phase 3 area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State was in the early hours of today( Thursday) attacked by suspected hoodlums.

Maeba, a Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers State, has been having a running battle with the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesome Wike over his support for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the opposition party.

Wike had earlier stoked controversy when he revoked a landed property initially allocated to the senator in the GRA area of Port Harcourt.

About five cars were destroyed during the attack.

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G5: Rivers PDP Alleges Plot To Blackmail Wike

The  commissioner for information and communications in Rivers, Chris Finebone has revealed that  the state has uncovered a plot to blackmail Nyesom Wike, governor of the state.

A statement issued by Kelvin Ebiri, special assistant to Wike on media, revealed that  Finebone spoke at a media briefing on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers.

Fineboy explained that the “faceless group” is orchestrating a campaign of calumny against Wike because they are vexed over his role in leading the G5 governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for “fairness, equity and justice” in the party.

“This is the evidence of the plot to blackmail governor Wike. This is the document and it is titled: ‘Proposal with hashtag, to end Wike rascality programme’,” he said.

The commissioner said the plan to blackmail Wike is “totally unexpected” by the Rivers government.

“We encouraged them to remove their mask and show themselves as the governor and the government is equal to the task of responding to them adequately,” he said.

“They can’t even sign it (the document) to push for this. It is important we warn them. It is important we also warn Nigerians about this scheme. We expect more of them to come. But I can assure you that the governor and the G-5 would rise to the occasion as they continue to start this type of campaign of calumny.”

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Court Voids PDP Guber Primary In Ebonyi, Orders Fresh Poll

A few months to the general elections, a federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State.

The PDP, in its first primary election conducted in May 28th and 29th 2022, elected Mr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii as its gubernatorial candidate in Ebonyi State.

The party also held another primary election on the 4th and 5th of June 2022, which produced Obinna Ogba as its factional governorship candidate.

It was gathered that the 1st primary election of the PDP which produced Odii as a guber candidate was conducted under the headship of Silas Onu while the 2nd Primary election of the party that produced Ogba, was conducted under the headship of Tochukwu Okorie.

Both Odii and Ogba reportedly fought gallantly in court for the PDP guber ticket in Ebonyi, wherein the Supreme Court later ruled in favour of Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii.

But now, Justice Binta Nyako has allegedly nullified all the primary elections of the PDP conducted under Silas Onu.

Justice, Nyako, however, gave fourteen days (14 days) for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to conduct a fresh primary election.

When contacted, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Tochukwu Okorie confirmed the nullification of the Party’s primaries.

He said the party will soon make its position known as regards the federal High court ruling.

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