Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has predicted that Peoples Democratic party (PDP) will be defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023 presidential election.
He urged the ruling party to begin the preparation of its handing over note ahead of 2023 and emulate former President, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan who conceded defeat to his main challenger and Candidate of APC in the 2015 presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari when it became obvious that he has lost the election.
Wike said this during the commissioning of the 16.06 kilometers dual carriage Saakpenwa-Bori Highway by Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Wednesday in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
According to governor Wike, “I am not like the Federal Government. They promised you they will do Ogoni clean-up. Has it been cleaned? I promised you road, have I done it? So, you can see the difference between our party and their own party. The difference is clear.
“When election comes in 2023, they will start another clean-up. You people don’t even ask question. Why is it a year to election that Ogoni clean-up will always commence? Now, that there is no election, are they doing clean-up now? Watch from next year, they will start clean-up.
“Eleme people, I want to sincerely thank you for the support that you’ve given to me and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Do not relent. Continue because the hope of this Country depends on PDP.”
“To our special Guest of Honour (Ndume), he should not be angry because we are taking over from them. When they came, we didn’t fight, they took over. Now, that Nigerians have decided to change them, let them also handover to us as quickly as possible without any fight”, the Governor said.
The River State Governor also alleged scam in Ogoni clean-up project being undertaken by Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP).
The project began reclamation work in 2018, following the recommendation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report.
The Governor, wondered why Ogoniland played a vital role in the economic development of the State should be neglected in terms of development.
He also challenged his critics who are indisposed to his public declarations to show cause why they think that he is not the best man for the job.
Earlier in a remark, the Enugu State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, commended Governor Wike and urged the host Communities to own the project.