Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has pledged to provide logistics support to the Labour Party (LP) standard-bearer, Peter Obi, when his campaign train arrives in the state, just as he cautioned him to concentrate on his election and not canvass for other elective offices including governorship seat, when he visits the state to appeal for votes.
Wike added that his decision to support Obi was based on his findings which showed that the Labour Party candidate had all the characteristics to lead Nigeria.
The Rivers governor made this known to the LP presidential candidate in Port Harcourt, the state capital, at the venue of the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo flyover inauguration, the 9th flyover by the present administration, which he attended with his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.
According to him, each time you want to campaign in the state, let me know, all the logistics support required to achieve your aim, and we will give it to you.
He noted that his decision to provide logistics support for the Anambra state former governor does not indicate plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another political platform before and after the upcoming election.
The governor described those planning to edge him out of the opposition party as armed robbers who were aiming to cart away what he and other members that stayed behind after PDP was removed in 2015 laboured for.
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 those that aimed to cart away their commonwealth in the party.
“I know the humiliation you suffered. Nobody will hear what you pass through and stay at the party but I will not leave. I will wait and fight. I won’t leave this house. I will never allow armed robbers to take over this house. I will stay back and chase away armed robbers.
“So, thank God because if you have not left, you would not have realised 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 in early 2022 and joined the LP where he clinched the party’s 2023 presidential ticket, and has since intensified his campaign towards succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari.
Before now, Wike and four other governors on the platform of the 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.