Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed confidence that the Rivers State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amaopusenibo Siminalayi Fubara would be victorious in the 2023 general election in the state because Governor Wike has done a great job in the state.
Governor Ortom who spoke during the PDP Campaign Flag-Off at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Igwuruta on Saturday, urged people of the state to rejoice and approach the election next year with confidence as Wike has paved the way for victory.
“With what I have seen here today, I want to congratulate the incoming governor of Rivers State, Sim Fubara. Your victory is sure because Governor Wike has done well and PDP is fully on ground here. I also want to appreciate the good people of Rivers State for your hospitality,” he said.
Governor Ortom, Chairman of the G-5 Integrity Governors, stormed the 40,000-seater stadium with Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, described Governor Wike as a pan Nigerian leader who believes in equity, fairness and justice.
Ortom declared that with what he saw at the event, Wike has shown exemplary leadership, adding that the Integrity Governors were happy to follow his leadership.
In his address to the people of the state, Governor Nyesom Wike reiterated the standpoint of the Integrity Governors for equity, fairness and justice in the PDP.
In apparent reference to the claim by the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to restructure the country if elected, Governor Wike thundered: “If you believe in restructuring like you claim in your town hall meetings, then show it in your party, all the senior positions of the party cannot be in the hands of people from one section of the country”.
Governor Wike thanked the governors for attending the event, assuring that no state of the PDP Integrity Group will lose their governorship election. He vowed that no amount of gang up would give the states to the opposition in 2023.
“Here in Rivers State, they cannot defeat us because we have done very well. Even President Buhari who is a member of APC acknowledged that we have worked for Rivers people, if the president could score us very high, who are they to challenge us at the polls?
“APC in Rivers State sold all our assets before we came on board, they sold our plane, we got it back, they sold our gas turbines that Dr. Peter Odili built, they sold it to themselves, now they want to come back, Rivers people will not let that happen,” the Governor added.
Governor Wike stated that he will not support any Presidential candidate who says or believes that people from a certain section of the country cannot be President because according to him, he believes in the unity of Nigeria, and wants a country where every Nigerian would be given equal rights and opportunities.