Wike explains leadership change in PDP as Ayu inaugurates road in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed that concerned stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fought for the change of the immediate past national leadership of the party because they wanted to reposition the party to win the presidency in 2023.
The governor, in a statement signed by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, maintained that change of leadership was also meant to avert doom for the party.
Speaking at the flag-off of the Oyigbo-Okoloma Road in Oyigbo Local Government Area performed, yesterday, performed by the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, Wike said the party now has good leadership that will rescue Nigeria from the All Progressives Congress.
He urged Ayu to face the task ahead of him and return the party to the presidency.
On his successor, the governor expressed the need for aspirants to restrict their consultations to Rivers State.
He said: “There is calm in my state about those who want to be governor. What I have told them is to go and do their consultations, but nobody should consult the national chairman, nobody should consult NWC. Do your consultation here because it is the people here that will vote.”
Oyigbo-Okoloma road, according to him, is a federal road that connects neighbouring states like Abia, Akwa-Ibom, and Cross River, but was allowed to fail completely.
Wike said Rivers people have taken their destiny into their hands and with 40 per cent paid already to the contractor, Lubrik Construction Company, the road would be done to end the sufferings of the Oyigbo people.
Ayu commended Wike and PDP governors for spreading development to all nooks and crannies of their states.
He said while the APC-controlled government is busy borrowing money from foreign creditors and increasing the debt burden on Nigeria, PDP governors have been delivering dividends of democracy.
He said: “I’m not only proud of the governor of Rivers, I’m also proud of PDP governors. Every PDP governor has been trying very hard to make sure the people get the dividends of democracy.”
Ayu also said his leadership would ensure an increase in the number of states controlled by the PDP, produce majority membership of the National Assembly, and clinch the presidency in 2023.
Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said the Oyigbo-Okoloma Road project is 19.4km long, 10.3m wide, has 24km of drains and will be completed in 12 months.