Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to field a formidable candidate in next year’s presidential election or risk extinction.
Mr. Wike made this assertion while in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, where he was wooing the PDP chieftains in the state to back his presidential bid.
He noted that fielding a formidable candidate to rival the APC “is crucial to the survival of the party and he remains the most electable aspirant that can defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
“I didn’t send anybody to you, because I have respect for you. We have been opposition since 2015 and if we don’t win this election in 2023, we can as well forget PDP. And so, everything must be done to win this election. No sentiment should be brought in and of all the aspirants, whether the person is from Anambra, Sokoto, Imo, look at all of us, who can withstand APC in this election? It is me.”
He said: “It is ironical that after the PDP has been rebuilt and made formidable, those who abandoned it are back and jostling for the party’s ticket.”
“I have challenged APC before. I have defeated them severally with the government in power. You know what happened in Rivers State. All I am asking the delegates is, if you really want PDP to win this election in 2023, just give me that ticket. Go home and sleep with your eyes close. I will win the election.”