By Our reporter
Dr Peter Odili from Ogba Egbema Ndoni local government area is the former governor of the state with state-influence over the affairs of the PDP.
Whether on ground or not, he will expected to deliver not just his local government, but the senatorial district in favour of the PDP candidate, Mr Osinakachukwu Ideozu whose emergence as candidate he was said to have influenced.
Bro Felix Obua also from Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local government area he is the state chairman of the PDP and will be under pressure to deliver all the candidates in his local government and senatorial zone.
Chibudom Nwuche from Ahoada is a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives with still considerable influence in Ahoada East/West. He lost the PDP primaries to Ideozu and crossed over to the APC. He would not want to suffer double jeopardy with the emergence of his rival as senator.
Chief G.U. Ake from Ogba Egbema Ndoni local government area, he is a former chairman of the state branch of the PDP with strong tentacles in the area. He was among those who followed Former Governor Amaechi to the APC and he will be fighting to prove that Odili is no longer a factor in the politics of the area and the state.
The local government areas are Emohua, Etche, Ikwerre, Obio Akpo, Ogubolo, Okrika , Omuma and Port Harcourt.
Sergeant Awuse from Emohua is one of the strongest factors in the PDP in area.
Chief Glory Emeh, was chief of staff in the Celestine Omehia administration and served as commissioner of transport in the Odili administration is one of those pushing the APC agenda in Rivers East.
Chief Emeka Bekeis from Emohua local government area is the state secretary of the APC.
Rivers south East has Andoni, Eleme, Gokhana, Khana, Opobo Nkoro, Oyigbo amd Tai local government areas.
Among those pushing for the PDP in the area are Senator Lee
Maeba a former senator who lost in the PDP governorship primaries.
Mr. Dakuku Peterside the director general of NIMASA and immediate past governorship candidate of the party is leading the APC’s fight in the area. He would be complemented by the party chairman, Mr. Davies Ikanya who is from Andoni local government area, Mr. Victor Giadom, who is from Gokhana local government area and is a former commissioner for Works in the Amaechi administration.
Mrs Ibim Semenitari is a leader of the APC in the state. She is currently the acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.