Nyesom Wike, the executive governor of Rivers state, has referred to the Labour Party candidate in the just concluded presidential election, Peter Obi, as a hero of the poll.
The Rivers governor said Obi’s active participation in the election stopped another northerner from taking over from President Muhammadu Buhari come May 29, The Nation reported.
Wike made the claim on Saturday, March 11, while having a meeting with 4 different business associations in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
The associations included the Garrison Phone Dealers Association (GPDA), the Technical Dealers Association of Nigeria (TDAN), the Building Materials Traders Association (BMTA) and the Computer Dealers Association (TDA).
According to the governor, the insinuation that he did not support Peter Obi in the election did not reckon with the fact that the Labour Party candidate was his hero in the poll.
His statement reads in part:
“Obi is my hero. If Obi did not contest, power would have gone back to the North. The whole of South-south and Southeast that PDP lost if Obi did not contest, PDP would have won.”
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He maintained that the former governor of Anambra state might not have been pronounced as the winner of the election but expressed optimism that the law would take its course.
Wike further disclosed that history will always be on Peter Obi’s side even if he wins or does not win the election because he fought well to ensure the power rotation formula between the north and south is sustained.
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