By John Ikani
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reacted to insinuations of Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President running for presidency in 2023.
Wike made the assertion while speaking as a guest on the Africa Independent Television’s Programme, Focus Nigeria, in Port Harcourt on Friday.
While it is widely believed that Atiku is nursing a 2023 presidential election, the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate is yet to make such an intention known.
However, Wike on Friday, said: “I’m not aware of Atiku’s move because the PDP has not yet zoned the presidency.”
According to him, he was not aware of Atiku’s move because the PDP has not yet zoned the presidency.
Wike also said the resolution of the internal crisis rocking the PDP has allayed his initial fear of possible implosion in the party.
He noted that the convivial manner in which PDP governors and Board of Trustee members resolved the crisis has given Nigerians hope that the party is prepared to takeover the realm of power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.
While dismissing insinuation that he has personal disagreement with the National Chairman of the PDP, Wike stated that his primary concern had been to salvage the PDP from an impending doom occasioned by an inert leadership.
“Everybody believed that whatever the national chairman was doing was dictated by Wike and must have the backing of Wike. I believe when you support somebody, support him to succeed. But when things are also going wrong, if you don’t speak out, people will believe you are part of it. Therefore, I owe it as a duty to say things are not going right,” he said.