- Nyesom Wike has played down any rumour surrounding his presidential ambition in 2023
- The Rivers state governor said his current focus is the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people
- Governor Wike made the statement during an interview on Sunday, January 31
The hopes of Nyesom Wike's supporters have been dashed after the Rivers state governor said he has no interest in running for the country's highest office.
The governor, in a statement by his special assistant (media) Kelvin Ebiri, sighted by Legit.ng on Facebook on Monday, February 1, said he is not interested in the 2023 presidency.
According to Wike, he is interested in working to deliver dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers state.
The outspoken governor in the statement said his political detractors were behind the recent circulation of his presidential campaign posters in Abuja.
The streets of Nigeria's capital were flooded with flyers that had the inscriptions: “Rescue Nigeria 2023” calling on the governor to join the presidential race.
The posters were produced by the national president of Rescue Nigeria Movement, Jingiri Bala Mato.
He appreciated the efforts of his supporters who are telling Nigerians that they want him to run for the highest office in the country.
While noting that it is his constitutional right to aspire for the office of the president, Wike said he has not discussed with anyone that he wants to run for president.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Wike said the failure of the immediate security chiefs was because they allowed politics to be mingled with their duties.
The governor made this known on Sunday, January 31, while featuring on Channels TV programme.
Wike, who once told the president to remove the service chiefs, said Nigerians "are happy" by Buhari's decision to let the military leaders go.
Similarly, the Rivers state governor explained why his administration consistently shares car gifts and other items to judicial officers, especially judges.
A statement released by Wike's media on Friday, January 29 revealed that the clarification followed a lawsuit filed against the Rivers state government by a Port Harcourt lawyer.