Prominent Ogoni politicians in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have endorsed Governor Nyesom Wike for a second term in office.
The PDP in Ogoni-land made known its position after a stakeholders’ meeting, which was called a day after the Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja affirmed the election of Senator Magnus Abe of the All Progressives Congress.
The prominent Ogoni politicians comprises serving government officials, former political appointees, elected political office holders and former public office holders from Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme local government areas.
The PDP Stakeholders in a communiqué read by Senator Lee Maeba unanimously urged Governor Wike to present himself for re-election in 2019.
He said their decision was based on the excellent performance of the governor within two years of his first term in office.
The PDP stakeholders in the communiqué said never again will they allow the military, the police and other security agencies to intimidate and influence the outcome of future elections in the four local government areas of the senatorial zone.
The leadership of the PDP in Ogoni also threatened to resist any attempt to use security operatives to rig the 2019 general election.
“The Governor, Nyesom Wike has performed excellently in the administration of the state.
“The State is virtually a construction site in a recessed economy to the chagrin of his critics which has endeared him to Ogoni people.
“We the Ogoni people in the PDP unanimously urge Governor Wike to present himself for a second term in office as Governor of Rivers state,” they said.