Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has said if zoning the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential ticket to the North would make the party to win the 2023 general election, he would support the decision.
The governor, meanwhile, ruled out the possibility of him supporting any All Progressives Congress presidential candidate even if the person is of Rivers State or Southern Nigerian extraction.
Kelvin Ebiri, the special assistant to the governor on Media, in a statement on Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Port Harcourt, said Wike shared the view during an interview with BBC Pidgin at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The Rivers state governor explained that the reason why the PDP has not taken a final decision on whether its presidential candidate for the 2023 general election should be from the North or South of the country is that stakeholders are still strategizing the best options that will guarantee the party’s victory in the polls.
He stated that PDP is keen to takeover the realm of power in 2023 and is not in a hurry to give the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, a glimpse of its strategy to wrest power from it in the next general election.
Wike said: “I am from Southern part of Nigeria. I will be happy if power returns to the South, but if PDP will win the 2023 presidential election by zoning the presidential ticket to the North, I will not be opposed to it.”
The governor while reacting to question on whether he will support former President Goodluck Jonathan if the APC picks him as its presidential candidate, declared that it was not in his nature to engage in anti-party activity.
He said: “If President Jonathan is given the All Progressives Congress presidential ticket, he knows that I will not support him. I will not engage in anti-party.
Even if he is from the South, I will not endorse him. What is paramount is my party’s interest.” Governor Wike affirmed that if President Jonathan secures PDP presidential ticket, Rivers State will overwhelmingly support him.
The governor declared nothing will make him defect from the PDP to the APC which he described as cancerous political party that is devoid of any solution to the prevailing security and economic challenges facing the Nigerian State.
According to him, the APC has ruined the Nigerian economy and only PDP can pull Nigeria out of the brink of socio-economic collapse.
Governor Wike revealed that the decision concerning his political future will be taken by July 2022 when he must have completed all the projects started by his administration.
On the relationship with the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, the governor said God had used him to enthrone the minister as governor of Rivers State in 2007.
He said: “God used me to make Amaechi Governor of Rivers State. There is even a video where he confessed during a church thanksgiving that after God, I was the person that made him governor.”
The governor said he has never personally accused his predecessor of corruption, instead a judicial commission of inquiry in the State had indicted of the minister of misappropriation of the $308 Million realised from the sales of the Rivers State assets.
He also explained that the judicial commission also indicted Amaechi’s administration for wasting N54 Billion on the abandoned 1.4 kilometer monorail project.
According to him, the minister had challenged his indictment in both Federal High Court and Court of Appeal, and lost the case.
Wike said he has conscientiously made effort that developmental projects are equitably distributed in all the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
Furthermore, he said his administration in its urban renewal drive is gradually restoring Port Harcourt to his Garden City status.