Rivers State, Nigeria – Nyesom Wike, the current Governor of Rivers State in Nigeria, and a towering personality in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which is the opposition party at national level politics, has said he is not nursing any ambition to run for the high office of Presidency in the country. He made this statement during a feature on a television programme in Port Harcourt the capital of Rivers State.
He said the rumours linking him to a possible presidential campaign were false and to be treated with a pinch of salt. He added that, “Right now, I am focusing on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers State.”
“Recall that in 2018 and 2019 when I was supporting my friend, Aminu Waziri Tambulwal, it was speculated in the media that I was going to run with him. That was my first tenure, and I had not even completed it and they wanted me to give that away.”
“To clear every speculation, let me state that I am not going to run for the office of the President of Nigeria for now. I am concentrating in developing Rivers State. I am not a party to anybody saying that the problems in PDP is about 2023.”
Making on comment on the subject matter that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar was goint to make a come back to contest for the presidency in 2023, Governor Wike said that it was the former Vice’s fundamental right that could not be denied.
On the issue of zoning of PDP presidential ticket to the North, Wike said the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party had not taken a final decision yet.
He explained saying that, “We will come together to resolve issues because we are a family. Outsiders cannot do things that will divide us. What we are interested in now is how we can remain united to take over power from APC that has failed Nigeria.”
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