- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has said that it will cost his successor the capacity to deliver in order to take over his office in 2023
- Wike, speaking on Saturday, January 11, said that he will never handpick or impose anyone on the people of the state
- The governor also said that he worked hard to retain his seat and that this is why it will not be given to anyone as a gift
The governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, has said that it will cost his successor hardwork, commitment and diligence to succeed him in 2023 when his second administration expires.
Wike promised residents and indigenes in the state on Saturday, January 11, that he will never impose anyone on them to succeed him, adding that his office can never be given as gift, Channels TV reports.
Dismissing the idea of zoning, the governor said that the governorship seat was not zoned to him, but that he worked hard for it
Wike stated: “For the position of governorship if you have the capacity, come out and contest. Nobody zoned governorship to me, I struggled for it."
In the same vein, Wike therefore said that whoever will succeed him must have the capacity to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
He said: “I will not impose anybody on Rivers people as Governor in 2023. I will not do it. I don’t even have that power, not to talk of giving it out.
"You cannot give what you don’t have. To be the Governor of Rivers State, you must have the capacity to deliver.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Wike had said his counterpart in Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson should resign from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for allegedly betraying and selling out the party.
The governor speaking during an interview on Tuesday, December 24, accused Dickson of working for working against him during the 2019 election in Rivers.
He said that the right thing for the Bayelsa state governor to do is to resign from the PDP, so that PDP leaders in Bayelsa can rebuild the party.
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