Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP will win the Presidential election in 2019 because Nigerians yearn for the return of pro-people leadership.
The governor declared that though the APC Federal Government and electoral officials are plotting to subvert the will of the people, they will be resisted by Nigerians.
He spoke in Asaba on Sunday night during the meeting of the National Working Committee and PDP Governors Forum.
According to Governor Wike, if democratic principles are respected, those pretending to be seeking a second term after a woeful performance would have declined contesting elections.
“We are going to win the Presidency in 2019. We take it for granted that we have won our governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly seats”, he said.
He said at present, PDP Governors are orphans in Abuja, hence the need to take over leadership at Federal level.
The governor added: “Frankly speaking, If Nigeria is a country where democracy is democracy, so many wont talk about contesting election. Because first of all you need to tell the people what you have done for them.
“What will they come to tell Delta people that they have done in the area? Nothing. What is their confidence? What will they say they have done in the Niger Delta?
“What they don’t understand is that we are more prepared now than in the past. Anybody who thinks that he can come and rig us out, will fail.”
Governor Wike said that the fight against corruption must include the struggle for the promotion of a credible democratic electoral process.
He said: “Part of corruption that we must fight is the corruption of stealing people’s mandate. That is the biggest corruption.
“When we get that right, other things will fall in place. It is corruption when you don’t allow those who have won to be declared as winners. ”
He regretted that Nigeria goes to smaller countries to observe how elections are conducted, but are unable to conduct credible polls.
The governor said that no matter the antics of the APC Federal Government, Nigerians will insist on credible polls in 2019.