2023: Why I will back PDP’s zoning presidential ticket to North – Wike


Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, says if zoning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket to the North will cause the party to win the 2023 general election, he will support the decision.


The governor has 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.


Governor Wike shared this view during an interview with BBC Pigin at the Government House, Port Harcourt.


Wike said 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 was because stakeholders were still strategizing the best options that would guarantee the party’s victory at the polls.


He stated that PDP is keen to take over 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.


“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”.


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.


“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 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 the Amaechi’s administration for wasting N54 billion on the abandoned 1.4km monorail project.


According to him, the minister had challenged his indictment in both Federal High Court and Court of Appeal, and lost the case.



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