Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State is fully prepared for the 2023 general elections.
The governor has, however, expressed optimism that his administration will finish strong based on its sterling performance since 2015.
Governor Wike stated these when he paid a new year visit to former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili in Port Harcourt and His Royal Majesty, Nne-Nwe-Eli Emohua XIII (OLO IV), Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse in Emohua respectively, on Sunday.
The Rivers State governor told Dr Odili that he remains eternally grateful for the support he has rendered to his administration since 2015.
Governor Wike was accompanied by the PDP governorship candidate, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, senatorial candidates for Rivers South East and Rivers East, Senator Barry Mpigi and Allwell Onyesoh, member of the House of Representatives, Ken Chikere and others.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, he urged Dr Odili to pray for a seamless transition in the State and for the PDP to win all elective positions.
In his response, Dr Odili said every genuine Rivers person is proud of Governor Wike for the honour he has brought to the State as the best performing governor in the country.
He commended Governor Wike for fearlessly defending and protecting the interest of the State from existential threats that many didn’t know existed.
The elder statesman assured the governor that he remains committed to the total victory of the PDP in the State in the 2023 general elections.
In Emohua, governor Wike told His Royal Majesty, Nne-Nwe-Eli Emohua XIII (OLO IV), Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, that he had come to the council to formally notify the PDP stakeholders that the party had commenced politicking and was ready for the 2023 general elections.
“We are prepared for the politics and elections of 2023. We want to sound notice, whether at the local, national or international level, that we are now set for this year’s election.”
He commended the king for his unparalleled support of the Rivers State government since 2015.
The governor, who had earlier visited the former Senate minority leader, Senator Bennett Birabi, in Yeghe in Gokana Local Government Area, said he is optimistic that his administration will finish strong.
Governor Wike said all the road construction projects being flagged off across the State will be completed before he leaves office in May.
“Continue to pray for us now that our tenure is almost ending. We pray we finish well as we have always hoped God will allow us to finish well.”
The governor also pledged to construct some internal roads in the Yeghe community and Bori.
In the same vein, the governor also visited the former President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, and Ledum Mitee in the K-Dere community.
He commended Mitee for sacrificing his legal career in pursuit of justice, fairness and equity for the Ogoni people.
“We have come to wish you a happy new year and to encourage you to continue to play your elder statesman’s role of making sure that Rivers State is one; Rivers State works together for the interest of every person. You’re a serialised Rivers person.
“Nigerians know you as somebody who will always stand for justice, equity and fairness. You have paid the price of standing for justice. Everybody knows that if not for what you stood for, you’re one of the shining lights in the legal profession.”
Mitee, in his response, said he was elated by the visit and prayed to God to continue to give the governor the wisdom to pilot the affairs of the State.
“We are tremendously grateful to God for giving you the vision and passion for Rivers State.”