By Okafor Ofiebor
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has alleged that the cabal in the presidency are backing the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to win presidency.
Wike spoke at the Comprehensive Secondary School field, Ibaka Town, Okrika Island during the Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Flag-off Rally for Okrika Local Government Area on Friday.
Wike said recent events had vindicated him over his initial public statement that the PDP presidential candidate and his supporters boasted that they did not need the G-5 governors to win election because they had been assured of victory by a cabal in the presidency.
“I said they have been given assurance, but this election is not going to be based on that cabal assurance. It is on the people’s assurance,” he said.
Wike has, however, insisted that they would still need Rivers State to win or they would lose the election.
According to him, “whether you like it or not, you must need Rivers State. If you don’t need Rivers State you must fail. If you say you don’t want us, you’ll fail. There is no two ways about it.”
Soliciting votes for Sir Siminialayi Fubara, his running mate Prof Ngozi Odu and other PDP candidates, governor Wike urged the people to vote overwhelmingly for the PDP.
He informed that the contract for the Okrika sandfilling project has been rewarded because the former contractor who is their son has failed to finish the project.
Wike also announced the upgrading to first class traditional stool status, confirmation and recognition of King Nelson Atubo Oputibeya as the Amanyanabo of Koniju.
Rivers State governorship candidate of the PDP, Sir Siminialayi Fubara said his administration, when elected as governor, will work to sustain the existing peace in Okrika, complete any on going project it may inherit, and provide more development projects to them.
Rivers State Chairman of the PDP, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, who presented party’s flags to the various candidates in the area contesting the forthcoming election, urged Okrika people to vote massively for the party’s candidates.
Speaking on behalf of other candidates, Chief Allwell Onyesoh, the Rivers East Senatorial candidate, thanked the leadership and members of the party for the privilege given to them to fly the party flag. He pledged that they will provide quality representation when elected.
Earlier, Wike inaugurated a 100-Bed Mother and Child Hospital in Okrika, which was built under the auspices of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the office of the presidency.
The project was nominated and attracted to the area by Hon. Bright Gogo, the House of Representatives member for Okrika and Ogu/Bolo federal constituency.