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Why Peter Obi is my hero in this election – Wike

THE Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the Labour Party flag bearer, Peter Obi is the hero of the just concluded presidential election.

While speaking at a town hall meeting with Igbo traders in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Wike stated that despite Obi not being declared the winner, his participation in the election guaranteed the emergence of a southerner as the President-elect.

The governor noted that the states where Obi recorded victories would have been won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thereby retaining power in the North.

Wike is one of the five aggrieved PDP governors known as G5 who refused to support their party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over an alleged violation of the party’s constitution on zoning.

“In this election that we just did,” he said, “Obi is my hero, as far as I’m concerned. If he didn’t contest, power would have remained in the North.”

Wike advised traders to disregard detectors comments and vote for the PDP in the March 18 governor and state assembly elections.

The governor also denied conspiring against Obi’s presidential campaign.

Others in attendance included the PDP’s governorship candidate in the state, Sim Fubara, and the PDP’s South-South Vice Chairman, Dan Orbih.

He explained to the traders that he came to the market because he heard they were upset with him for supposedly working against Obi during the presidential race.

Wike added that when he and the other G5 governors argued for a southern president, he saw no reason to work against the former Anambra governor.

The Rivers governor stated that he was obligated by his agreement with the other aggrieved governors, which is why he did not officially endorse a presidential candidate, adding that it was critical to have a united region following the election.

He then went on a tour of the phone and computer market in Garrison Junction, where he addressed the we issues and donated 30 plots of land for their ICT village project.

Wike, who met with traders at Mile 3 Market, agreed to approve their request for 150 plots of land for the construction of their market.

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