Rivers people will vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023, the state government said yesterday.

Chukwuemeka Woke, Chief of Staff to Governor Nyesom Wike, believes the PDP would win the governorship poll.

According to him, the people appreciate the massive infrastructural transformation by the Wike administration and would want it sustained.

The Chief of Staff was reacting to Senator Magnus Abe’s assertion that the people and not Wike would determine the next governor.

Woke, who spoke at the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI) sensitisation and mobilisation rally for the continuous Permanent Voters Card (PVC) registration in Abua/Odual Local Government Area, stressed that the PDP governorship candidate would have a landslide victory.

He said: “Distinguished Senator Magnus Abe was quoted to have said that Rivers people will elect our governor and not Wike.

“I agree in toto with distinguished Senator Magnus Abe because Wike will not impose any governor on Rivers people. It is the duty of the Rivers people to elect their governor.

“But it is also important to state that in making that choice there are some basic empirical factors that will be considered.

“Just a few days ago, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the names of candidates of parties and their deputies.

“In Rivers, there are seventeen names. It means that out of the 18 registered political parties, only one party, PRP according to the publication made by INEC had no candidate.

“What it means is that Rivers people have 17 persons to choose from who is going to govern them.

“And from the published names there, I have not seen anyone in that list that will match the calibre and capacity of the candidate and the deputy governorship candidate of the PDP.

“The standard bearer of the PDP is very intelligent, apt, very calculative, a well-known technocrat and a seamless man.”

Woke said ‘Team Wike’ had since 2015 to date fulfilled its social contract with the Rivers people, unlike others who made promises but reneged on them.

PDP governorship candidate, Siminialayi Fubara noted that the mammoth crowd that graced the programme showed the importance the Abua/Odual people attached to the exercise.

“The only thing you need to do is to secure your PVC. You should also ensure that those that have not registered should utilize the remaining days to do so,” he said.