- Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor Nyesom Wike has cleared the air regarding zoning by the PDP
- The Rivers state governor disclosed that the South is not being given due respect, noting reports and comments on the zoning of the presidential ticket to the south in 2027 should be disregarded
- Wike noted further that the South would do the appropriate thing and a statement in this regard would be released soon
Port Harcourt- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said that politicians are taking the south for granted on the issue of zoning the presidential ticket to the region.
The Cable reports that he made this disclosure on Monday, January 31, during a meeting of stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike said members of the PDP, irrespective of the region they come from, must work together towards achieving positive results in the 2023 elections.
He was quoted as saying:
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“Please, discountenance anything you’re seeing and hearing; all those social media posts.
“When we come out, we will choke them. They know it. So, everybody should relax. Let the south do their homework and then, they’ll make a proper statement."
Wike also urged party supporters to disregard the recent comment made by Raymond Dokpesi, former chairman of Daar Communications and a PDP chieftain, on the zoning of the presidential ticket to the south in 2027.
Concerning Rivers’ governorship election, Wike said he would not choose any aspirant as his successor, adding that he hopes the best candidate emerges.
I employed you, I can't bring myself to your level, Amaechi fires back at Wike
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Amaechi on Thursday, March 11, 2021, gave Wike an earful.
The minister, reacting to an earlier comment by the Rivers governor, said that it is not in his character to join the issue with the governor, especially since, according to him, Wike was one of his staff while he was in office.
"He was my staff, I can’t bring myself low. I was a governor, I was also a speaker, I’m a minister. I was the two-term chairman of the governors’ forum. The same when I was a speaker. Why should I be discussing him?”
2023: Save Nigeria Movement faults presidential ambition of Anyim, Wike
On its part, the Save Nigeria Movement has kicked against the presidential ambition of former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim.
Convener of the group, Rev Solomon Semaka who addressed a press briefing on Monday, January 10, also frowned at the role being played by the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike ahead of 2023, alleging that Wike is working towards imposing a president of Igbo or northern origin.
The group warned Nigerians to be wary of Wike and Anyim, accusing the duo of working solely for their selfish reasons ahead of the polls.