Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has described the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, as the hero of the 2023 presidential election.
This he said in an interactive meeting with Technical Dealers Association of Nigeria, Computer Dealers Association, Garrison Phone Dealers Association and Building Materials Traders Association in Port Harcourt on Saturday, who are predominantly Igbos.
Most Igbos in Nigeria accused Gov Wike of working against Peter Obi’s presidency but Wike explained that contrary to insinuation that he did not support Peter Obi, what most people failed to realise is that the Labour Party presidential candidate remains the hero of the election.
He told the people to forgive him if he has in anyway offended them.
“The hero in this election is Obi whether you like it or not. I am not here to please you, Obi is the hero. He may not have been pronounced as the winner, no problem, the law will take its course. If Obi did not run this election, power would have remained in the North. Whether he declared a winner now or not, history will be on his side that he fought and fought well”, Wike said.
The governor said the reason why Amaechi is deliberately canvassing support for Tonye Cole is because he wants stall their on going prosecution for embezzling $50M from the Rivers State government coffers.
Governor Wike urged Igbos in Rivers State to be wary of Amaechi, who served as Minister of Transportation for over seven years, but failed to revive eastern ports and railway lines from Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt.
The governor recalled that when Amaechi was the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, he vehemently opposed plan to compensate Igbos who lost their property in the State during the civil war.
According to him, it is absolutely mischievous for Amaechi, who also served as Rivers State governor from 2007 to 2015, to wake up in 2023 to resurrect the issue of abandoned property because of his inordinate political ambition.
The governor announced the allocation of 150 plots of land to the Computer Dealers Association and 30 plots to Computer Dealers Association to develop an industrial park in Port Harcourt.
Urged the people to vote for PDP in the coming elections in Rivers State.
Chairmen of the Computer Dealers Association, Mr Anunobi Ikechi and Building Materials Traders Association, Okwudiri Onuorah, assured the governor of their support for the Rivers State PDP governorship candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, in the 18 March, 2023 election.