No fewer than 26 governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are jostling to succeed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, come May 29, 2023.
Wike, who is currently running his second term in office, recently declared his interest to contest for Presidency on the platform of the PDP.
Out of the number of governorship aspirants, 15 are running on the platform of the PDP, while 11 are running on the platform of the APC.
LEADERSHIP learnt that the number of governorship aspirants on the PDP platform may increase before the April 14, 2023 deadline for purchase of forms.
Those who had already purchased forms under the PDP banner include the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo and former Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Felix Obuah as well as two serving members of the National Assembly, Senator George Sekibo and Hon. Farah Dagogo.
Also running are former Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, Accountant-General of the state, Siminalaye Fubara, and former Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Isaac Kamalu as well as former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Austin Opara.
Others are: Dr. Dax George Kelly, Hon. Morgan Tom-West, Senator Olaka Nwogu, Chief David Briggs, Hon. Boma Iyaye and Senator Lee Maeba.
Those contesting on the platform of the APC including business mogul and philanthropist, Prince Tonye Princewill, former Chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree and former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside.
Others are: Senator Magnus Abe, Dr. Dawari George, Architect Tonye Cole, Dr. Sokonte Davies, Hon. Mina Tende, Chief Ibinabo Micheal-West, Rev. Francis Ebenezer Ada and Engr. Biokpomabo Awara.