The former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, to help it win the upcoming general elections.
Kimiko spoke on Wednesday at the flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Azikiwe -Iloabuchi Road in Mile 2 Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“Your Excellency, our Party, the PDP, a Party for which you have laboured so much, seems saddled with the historical duty of forging this unity, a unity premised on truth, equity, and justice, a unity upon which rescuing Nigeria from the far from the satisfactory performance of the past seven years will be built,” he said during the event.
“It is a mission that must be accomplished. A mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role. All lovers of our country must subscribe to a mission.”
He explained that Wike was a bulwark that resisted attempts to undermine the PDP by some powers.
“Beyond the self-evident physical transformation, you (Wike) have stood as a bulwark against those sworn to emasculate the main opposition party, all in their bid to force a one-party State down the throats of Nigerians,” Mimiko added.
“You were a one-man countervailing force, defending and protecting our dear PDP. You have also, through bold legal challenges, deepened the national consciousness on the defects in the running of our defective federal system.”
Mimiko made her statement amid rumours that the governor of Rivers would leave the PDP due to tensions after the party’s presidential primary.
Wike had contested in the PDP Presidential primary election but lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the exercise. This has since caused a rift between him and Adama-born politician.
The PDP is making reconciliation efforts, but Wike’s recent invitation to Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to commission a project (a state led by the dominant All Progressives Congress, APC) has led to more rumours that he may be leaving the PDP.