ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for its rescue mission in the next general elections, says Olusegun Mimiko, former Ondo State Governor.
Mimiko spoke on Wednesday at the flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Azikiwe -Iloabuchi Road in Mile 2 Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Speaking during the event, he said, “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 satisfactory performance of the past seven years will be built.
“It is a mission that must be accomplished. A mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role. A mission that must be subscribed to by all lovers of our country.”
“I had the pleasure of flagging off the dualisation of Azikiwe-Ilaobuchi road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, earlier today.
“This project, like many others, is the brainchild of @GovWike, popularly called “Mr Project”
The former Governor also explained that some forces tried to destroy the PDP, but Wike was a bulwark that resisted such attempts.
“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 at one point virtually 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’s comment came amid speculations that the Wike may dump the PDP following a fallout with the party after its presidential primary.
Wike lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the exercise, a development that has since caused a rift between him the party flagbearer.
The PDP is making reconciliatory moves but Wike’s recent invitation of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to commission a project has generated further speculations that he may leave the PDP.