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#RiversGuber2023: Fubara’s Victory Confirmation Of Rivers As PDP Stronghold – Wike

A physically excited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike said the State has once again reasserted itself as one of the premier strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the country following the victory of Sir Siminalayi Fubara as governor-elect.

The governor noted that despite the evil machination of the opposition, the PDP has consistently won all the governorship elections in the State since 2015.

Governor Wike stated these shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Fubara as the winner of the 2023 governorship election on Monday night.

Fubara, who was the PDP candidate polled 302,614 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr. Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 95,274 votes. The Social Democratic Party candidate, Senator Magnus Abe came a distant third with 46,981.

The Rivers State governor, who was visibly exhilarated by the Fubara’s resounding victory, told PDP leaders at the Government House, Port Harcourt that the State will continue to remain pivotal to the successes of the PDP.

“Whom God has blessed, no one can curse. There is nothing anyone can do about it. God at this time has said Siminalayi Fubara will be the next governor, and we give God the glory today that, that has happened.

“We won 23 local governments, 23 over 23. It has never happened. Out of the 32 State constituencies, we have won 31, it is the remaining one that they said we will go for a bye-election. We are ready and we will take that one.

“So, we have said to anybody who cares, Rivers State is PDP. When you annoy us, we do another thing. When we wanted to vote for the unity of the country, we showed it. We didn’t do anti-party, but we voted for the unity of the country and that is what we did for one Nigeria.”

Governor Wike, who dedicated the electoral victories of the PDP in the just concluded general elections to almighty God and the people of Rivers State, commended party stalwarts for remaining steadfast in defence of the State since he assumed office in 2015.

“Let me thank all of you for the support you have given us, and how you stood firm to make sure that we defend what is Rivers State. In 2015, we did it, in 2019, we did it and in 2023, we have done it again. So, it is not surprising, God has always been with us.”

Governor Wike said he will remain eternally grateful to God because when he first contested for the office of governor in 2015, his predecessor, Chibuike Amaechi was the incumbent, and was antagonistic to his political aspiration.

The governor while mocking his predecessor for resorting to divisive and disgusting politicking during the electioneering period, said the resounding victory of the PDP has further diminished his political relevance in Rivers State.

“When we came out in 2015, we were not in government. There was a governor (Amaechi) then in 2015. He was the Director General (DG) of the (Muhammadu) Buhari campaign. In 2019, he was a super Minister and was also DG of the Buhari campaign. He never gave him (Buhari) 25 percent. 2015, he never gave him 25 percent.”

“This is 2023, and they cannot get 25 percent vote in the State, we have also defeated him. You were a super governor, we defeated you. You were a super minister, we defeated you, now, you are a super nobody, we defeated you.”

Governor Wike, has, however, cautioned PDP members not to be complacent because the opposition which he likened to “enemies” are still prowling around.

In his acceptance speech, the governor-elect, Sir. Siminalayi Fubara, who was accompanied by his deputy, Prof. Ngozi Odu, thanked God for his electoral victory and assured that his administration will consolidated on governor Wike’s New Rivers Vision.