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But, one cannot accurately state that Wike will remain in charge and call the shots in 2023 when his tenure will expire and a new election will take place. As expected based on what past Governors usually do, Wike will like to back someone to emerge Governor of Rivers State to take over from him. But, he may or may not succeed. After all, his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi backed someone but Wike defeated that person in 2015.
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This article discusses three top politicians that are likely to come back to challenge Wike over the control of political power in Rivers State in 2023. They may succeed in stopping him from producing the next Governor and may even beat him in making their own people to win other political positions in the state.
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Amaechi is the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State. He is the immediate past Governor of the State and Minister of Transportation. Amaechi tried to back Dakuku Peterside to succeed him as Governor of Rivers State in 2015 but Wike who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won the election.
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Again, Amaechi tried to launch a comeback in 2019 when he backed Tonye Cole for Governor under APC but the internal crisis within the party made them to lose out as APC was barred from fielding any candidate in that election. With that, Wike won again. By 2023, Wike would complete his second term and leave office. Amaechi will most likely come back to challenge Wike for the control of Rivers politics. He may back a governorship candidate and other aspirants for various offices. This time around, things will be more serious.
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Senator Magnus Abe
Abe wanted to contest for Governor of Rivers State in 2019 but Amaechi opposed him. Amaechi backed Cole to emerge APC governorship candidate but Abe resisted it. In fact, Abe decided to prove his influence by playing the spoiler through court battle which resulted in APC not fielding any candidate in that governorship election.
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Abe has not given up on his political ambition. The three bigwigs in Rivers politics in this recent time are: Amaechi, Wike and Abe. The first two have all ruled the state as Governors for two terms as Wike would complete his second term in 2023. The only person left among the three is Abe. Consequently, he will fight with all he has by resisting Wike with a view to realizing his governorship ambition in 2023.
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Peterside was the APC governorship candidate backed by Amaechi in 2015. But, Wike defeated him. In 2019, Peterside remained loyal to Amaechi by accepting Amaechi’s choice to back Cole for Governor which later failed. Since he has been loyal to Amaechi, Peterside was appointed as the Director General of NIMASA. He held the post for years until recently that he was replaced by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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By 2023, Peterside is very like to come back to contest for Governor of Rivers State. He may even get the backing of Amaechi again. Already, Peterside has started showing signs that he would put up a serious challenge against Wike. He has been very vocal in criticizing Wike over his activities, policies and his spending as Rivers Governor. No doubt, Peterside is among those that will come back to challenge Wike in 2023 politics in the oil-rich Rivers State.
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