The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has offered to make a trade with the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike in return for his support ahead of the 2023 election.
The LP flag bearer promised not to contest for power in Rivers state if Wike shows his support for his presidential bid.
Obi made the appeal during the commissioning of Nkpolu Oroworukwo flyover on Thursday in Port Harcourt.
Obi told Wike that he would not challenge the governor over the Governorship seat in his state but Wike in return would do him the favour of leaving the federal election for him.
Obi promised that the interest of Rivers State will be adequately protected when he becomes president.
Obi said: ” I will talk to my people and we will negotiate. If we leave the state for him (Wike) he will leave the centre for us. We will negotiate it.”
Referring to Wike, Obi continued: “We will not quarrel with you. Please give us this one (centre) and collect the other one (state). I will accommodate them ( Rivers state) in the other one.”
Remember this agreement today. I’m kneeling down and begging, take this one (state) give me this one (centre). I assure you the one I will take, I will use it to make sure Rivers State becomes better and better.”
At the beginning of his speech, Obi had referred to the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the state as the incoming governor of Rivers.