- Three PDP governors including Nyesom Wike, a presidential aspirant, on Monday, May 23, met with former President Obasanjo
- At the meeting, Governor Wike informed Obasanjo about his presidential ambition and sought the elder statesman's support
- Replying, Obasanjo wished the Rivers governor in his presidential ambition, adding that he has the courage which is one of the things required to rule Nigeria
Abeokuta, Ogun state - Three governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other party chieftains on Monday, May 23, held a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state, according to a report by Daily Trust.
They are Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Samuel Ortom of Benue state.
Legit.ng gathers that they arrived at Obasanjo’s Residence at OOPL 6.40pm in a long convoy and went straight into the meeting.
2023 presidency: Wike seeps Obasanjo's support
Wike led the PDP leaders to inform and seek support of the former President of his presidential ambition.
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Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting, Obasanjo admitted that Wike informed him of his presidential bid, but he wished him well.
Obasanjo described Nigeria as complex country but not difficult to manage if a “courageous leader” is elected.
“Of course, Governor Nyesom Wike as a presidential aspirant with Governor of Oyo, Governor of Benue, former Governor of Cross River and former Deputy Senate President and former Minister to express to me the desire and of course I made the point that I have always made that, I have ceased to be a partisan politician, I don’t belong to any political party, but if politics is the welfare of the people, I cannot cease to be a politician because I must always seek the welfare of the people.
“And of course, you all know what the situation of Nigeria is and anybody who doesn’t know that, is either not a Nigerian or is not being truthful to himself or herself and we need, as I often said, no one individual can say yes I can do it, because the situation Nigeria is today, we need all hands, all Nigerian hands on deck to restore Nigeria and that is what Governor Wike is saying to me.
“Courage, he doesn’t lack it, and if you have courage and you have conviction to speak your mind, well you will have a saying in this part of the world that a person who speaks the truth all the time may not even get a mat spread for him because you will incur the displeasure of people, but you need the truth to be spoken and to get ourselves moved Nigeria on the path of unity.
“Of course, we cannot get unity if there is no justice, if there is no fairness, if there is no equity. And when you have the basic ingredients that will bring unity and inclusiveness, then all other things will take their position. You will remove conflict, you will be able to deal with this pernicious issue of insecurity and if course the issue of economy and the wholesomeness of the society.
“The issues he raised are the issues that are dear to my own heart for unity and stability of Nigeria.
“There is one thing that I believe in and I have always said it over and over again, Nigeria is a complex country, but Nigeria is not a difficult country, if we are sincere and fair to ourselves, it is not a difficult country to manage and I wish him well.”
Wike says he has courage and capacity to tackle insecurity
Responding, Wike said he has the courage and capacity to tame the nation’s insecurity if elected as President.
On lack of zoning of PDP presidential ticket, Wike said:
“It’s not as if I am championing zoning, it’s provided in the constitution of PDP, section 7 (3c) provides clearly, in clear terms, unambiguous that there shall be zoning of political and elective offices. That’s what we are talking about in Nigeria.
“Personal ambition will make us to avoid or not to do the right thing with impunity. But again, since they have decided there is no zoning, we are not running away, we have the capacity.
“As it stands today, you know that I’m the only candidate everybody is afraid of. You know because obviously I have gone round. If you put your ears on ground and that who is likely… But what we are saying is that, let’s do the right thing.”
2023: I’m PDP presidential candidate, Wike declares
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Wike declared himself the PDP presidential candidate ahead of the party’s primaries scheduled to hold on May 29.
Wike made the declaration on Sunday, May 8, at a special thanksgiving service to mark last Friday’s Supreme Court judgement that returned 17 oil wells to Rivers state.
It was held at Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Port Harcourt.