As the 2023 governorship election in Rivers State draws closer, influential political players in the two main political parties in the country are trying to win the South-south state for their political parties.
The incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is trying to win the State for his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Wike would want to hand over the state to PDP Governor in 2023 when he is leaving office.
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On the other hand, the former Governor of the State and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, of the All Progressives Congress is also trying to win Rivers State for APC in the 2023 governorship election.
However, there are strong indications that Governor Nyesom Wike may likely win the state for PDP in 2023 because of one smart move he has taken that may help PDP sustain its dominance in the south-south state.
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Wike is strengthening Rivers State PDP and winning key members of opposition party to PDP
One of the smart moves Governor Wike took that may make it difficult for APC to win Rivers State in 2023 is the strengthening of Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party by winning members of the opposition parties into its fold. This smart move has helped the Rivers State chapter of PDP to win some key members of APC into its fold.
According to a report by This Day Newspaper, former publicity secretary of APC, Ogbonna Nwuke, is one of the influential opposition members that have joined the Peoples Democratic Party.
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A report by The Nation also revealed that 20 leaders of APC and AAC in Rivers State including three former House of Representatives members and a former Speaker defected to PDP in Rivers State recently.
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This smart move Governor Wike took to strengthen the Rivers State chapter of PDP may likely help the party to maintain its dominance in the 2023 governorship election.
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