The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has revealed his major pains in failing to bear the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming general elections.

Wike said he is hugely pained that he was unable to win the PDP’s presidential primary and go on to battle the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Atiku emerged as the presidential candidate of the PDP for the 2023 general election, having secured a total of 371 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Wike, who garnered 237 votes.


From the details of the results from the exercise: Atiku Abubakar – 371; Nyesom Wike- 237; Bukola Saraki – 70; Udom Emmanuel – 38; Balla Mohammed – 20;
Pius Anyim – 14; Sam Ohabunwa – 1; and Olivia Tariela scored 1. There were 12 void votes.

And Wike, who has been crying foul since after the primary election, said that what he regrets most is that he would not have the opportunity to fight insecurity and oil theft in the country.

“I’m pained that I wasn’t able to fight Bandits and oil theft,” he said in an interview with select television stations on Friday.

“These were two things I told myself I was going to do. I said I was going to fight terrorists and oil theft squarely.”