Rivers State governor, Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, appears fully prepared to grab the presidential ticket, and emerge the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with much enthusiasm to take over presidency from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
While his cohorts and members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, especially in the state, continue to drum their unflinching support for him, there are still stakeholders in Rivers State who will not support his presidential ambition, except he meets their demand.
Apart from the members of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, who are backing their leader, RT. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Wike is likely to lose the support of some unions, like the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC.
This is following an outburst by the state chairman of the NLC, Beatrice Itubo, who in an interview with TNN said she will not support the governor’s presidential ambition.
During a telephone chat, Itubo, who was re-elected as the state NLC chairman in the 2019 state delegates conference said, “I am not supporting Wike because he is owing pensioners their gratuity.”
According to her, civil servants and pensioners in the state have been subjected to untold hardship by the governor, reason she urged members of the union not to support his presidential ambition.
Itubo reiterated that she will not support Wike until he does what she described as the needful.