Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State governor, has hailed the Labour Party (LP) flagbearer, Mr. Peter Obi as the hero of the 2023 presidential election.
Wike, the arrowhead of the dissident G5 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors that kicked against the candidature of Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate, also stated that even though Obi was not declared winner of the presidential election, the law would take its course.
Speaking during an interactive town hall meeting with Technical Dealers Association of Nigeria, Computer Dealers Association, Garrison Phone Dealers Association and Building Materials Traders Association in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Wike noted that Obi’s decision to contest the presidential election on the platform of the Labour Party prevented the North from retaining power after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29 this year.
The governor maintained that Wike remains his hero of the election regardless of the insinuation that he did not support the Labour Party candidate.
“Obi is my hero. If Obi did not contest, power would have gone back to the North. The whole of South-south and South-east that PDP lost, if Obi did not contest PDP would have won. The hero in this election is Obi whether you like it or not,” Wike insisted.
He declared that he was stating the obvious truth and not because he wanted to satisfy anyone.
“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 was declared a winner now or not, history will be on his side that he fought and fought well.”
The governor added that he chose a live programme to air his views because he wanted everyone to listen and hear him directly.