Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has pledged to make his preferred candidate for the upcoming general election in 2023 public in January.
Wike revealed this at the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers’ launching of the tenth flyover.
“From January next year, I will campaign to my people whom they will vote for. So all of you who have been in suspense, saying all manner of things and abusing me, wait January has come”, he said.
Recall that after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primary election which Wike lost to Atiku Abubakar, he had since then opposed the chairmanship of Iyorchia Ayu.
Wike, with four other PDP governors (G5) have insisted that Ayu must step down for a southerner to emerge the chairman of the party, as condition to support the 2023 ambition of Atiku.
Since he made his stance public, Wike had had series of verbal attacks from critics within his party. Many are confused of whom Wike will support. Some said its clear Wike will not support Atiku.
However, roaring from Obio-Akpor, Wike said he would make known his candidate on January 2023.
His words: “Not only will I tell them where they will vote, I will move from state to state telling them why they should vote the people I said they should vote for. Nothing will happen.
“So all of you, appearing on television, abusing me, don’t waste your sliver again, January has come. Don’t waste your sliver and going on your platform.
“All those telling Nigerians that you use to have forty shoes, you use to have fifty wristwatches, time has come to covert those shoes and wristwatches to vote.
“It’s not to be on the podium and raise your shoe high and raise your wristwatch high, time has come to convert it to vote.
“Those who have never been stabled, moving from PDP to… and there back to PDP, those of you who made campaign in 2015, telling Nigerians if they vote for PDP, they are voting for insurgency, corruption, wait all of us will reply, we will tell Nigerians this thing you said how far what is the system now, is it the same PDP or a new PDP.
Let me use this opportunity to advise those of you who call yourselves our brothers in Abuja, this 2023 election will confirm to us in Rivers state, who are those that have influence to vote. Those that their people will listen to and vote. It’s not to be in Abuja and tell them whatever you are telling them. Come home, our polling booths are not in Abuja, they are here. Stop telling them lies, What you cannot do say you cannot do.