Will Logistics Support Promise By Wike To Obi Undermine Labor Party Chances In Rivers State?
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has praised Labour party candidate Peter Obi for the Enormous work he carried out in Anambra State during his time as Governor of the State. Noting that Obi, a former Anambra State governor, has all the characteristic to lead Nigeria.
Governor Wike on Thursday at the venue of the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover inauguration, pledged to provide “logistics support” for the campaigns of Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
He also told him to ignore those attacking him in his home state; “I invited Obi to commission my project because he did very well in Anambra state. Don’t mind those attacking you, your brothers will be the first to attack you, they are envious and jealous of the level you are.
I have always told people, if you are given an opportunity to serve, use it to show what you can do, stop criticizing somebody who has already left. You have been given the opportunity now, I am a professor, professor professor well, I am a doctor, doctor well. I am a lawyer, lawyer well, I am a mechanic, mechanic well”.
“Each time you want to campaign in the state, let me know, all the logistics support, we will give to you,” Wike told Obi.
Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed were in the state capital to commission the 9th flyover by the present administration. They were excitedly received by a large crowd of their supporters known as ‘Obidients’.
For months, Wike and four other governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have demanded the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu as PDP national chairman as a precondition to support the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
While Wike and his allies have not been seen to campaign for Atiku, it is not clear whether they will support Obi, or Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the contest for Aso Rock’s top job which has been described by analysts and keen observers as a three-horse race.
Wike said though he knew the humiliation Obi suffered before he left the PDP for the Labour Party, he won’t leave the party but chase out the “armed robbers”.
“I know the humiliation you suffered. Nobody will hear what you pass through and stay in the party but I will not leave. I will stay and fight. “I won’t leave this house. I will never allow armed robbers to take over this house. I will stay and chase away armed robbers.
“So, thank God because if you have not left, you would not have realized your ambition to be able to save Nigeria,” Wike told Obi.
Obi left the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in October 2014 and joined the PDP. He was the running mate to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 general elections.
He, however, dumped the PDP early 2022 and joined the LP where he clinched the party’s 2023 presidential ticket.