2023 Elections: Gov Wike speaks on his ‘presidential ambition’
Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike revealed that rumours that he will be contesting for the presidency in 2023 are false.
The Rivers Governor added that is was still to early to start playing 2023 politics.
Wike made the revelation during an appearece on Arise Television on Sunday, recounting that before the 2019 general election, there were also rumours that he was aspiring to be running mate to the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
“In 2018 to 2019 when I was supporting my friend, it was speculated I was going to run with Tambuwal,” Wike said.
Governor Wike wondered how people would expect him to leave his second term ambition saying “and you are telling me to give away my second tenure to run for what I am not sure of.”
“When you take a position on certain issues, people will continue to speculate. I am not going to run for the President of Nigeria for now.”
He said the problem of who takes over from President Buhari in 2023 can be in APC because it is a ruling party as some of its members are getting ready to occupy the opposition, “In PDP, who are you taking over from? You are taking over from nothing.”
“We just returned to power over a year ago. And then you are talking about Presidency.”
According to Wike, the crisis in APC is due to the fact they are busy fighting for 2023 and are not being able to show the dividends of democracy to the people.
“Everybody thinks of taking over from the President. So instead of you to concentrate, you are thinking of taking over.
“You don’t even know the minds of Nigeria. The point is that being a ruling party and with Mr. President being there, he won’t allow his party to lose out.
“So, how can I begin to contemplate running for Presidency when I know I still have time to provide for my state. It is a distraction”.