2023: Gov Wike speaks out on ‘presidential ambition’

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Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has dismissed rumours that he will be contesting for the presidency in 2023.

The Rivers Governor said it is too early to start playing 2023 politics.

Wike said this when he appeared on Arise Television on Sunday, recalling that in the build-up to the 2019 general election, there were also rumours that he wanted to be running mate to the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

“In 2018 to 2019 when I was supporting my friend, it was speculated I was going to run with Tambuwal,” Wike said.

Governor Wike said that by the time this rumour was flying about he had not finished his first term “and you are telling me to give away my second tenure to run for what I am not sure of.”

“When you take a position on certain issues, people will continue to speculate. I am not going to run for the President of Nigeria for now.”

The Governor said he was concentrating in developing his State, adding that he was not party to anybody saying the problem of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is 2023 presidential election.

He said the problem of who replaces President Buhari in 2023 can be a problem in APC because it is a ruling party as some of its members would be warming up to occupy the opposition, “In PDP, who are you taking over from? You are taking over from nothing.”

“We just returned to power over a year ago. And then you are talking about Presidency.”

According to Wike, the crisis in APC is because they are preoccupied with thoughts of 2023 and are not being able to provide the dividends of democracy to the people.

“Everybody thinks of taking over from the President. So instead of you to concentrate, you are thinking of taking over.

“You don’t even know the minds of Nigeria. The point is that being a ruling party and with Mr. President being there, he won’t allow his party to lose out.

“So, how can I begin to contemplate running for Presidency when I know I still have time to provide for my state. It is a distraction”.

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  • Nelly Nyityo June 29, 2020 11:59:37 PM
    Thanks for the wonderful news and information from CandyNews
  • Amarachi Ukabia June 29, 2020 11:59:11 PM
    Thank you candynews for the information
  • Precious Oladele June 29, 2020 11:58:23 PM
    Mr wike is a wiseman who know how to play the game We want a new president,
  • Ishaku Bitrus June 29, 2020 11:55:04 PM
    Thanks candy News for the update
  • Ezeh Patrick June 29, 2020 11:54:42 PM
    He should focus on rivers state and make it a better place
  • Ezeh Mmesoma G June 29, 2020 11:54:02 PM
    Thanks for this update candy news so much
  • Rabiatu Ismail haruna June 29, 2020 11:54:00 PM
    The fact is that he is really ambitious let him wait for the tym first
  • Faith Benjamin June 29, 2020 11:53:26 PM
    Mr wike is a wiseman who know how to play the game We want a new president,
  • Omah N. M. Wisdom June 29, 2020 11:50:18 PM
    Thanks candynews for the information
  • peter Amanyie June 29, 2020 11:48:18 PM
    Nevertheless, whatever people say or do is far from the simple truth. Time will tells.
  • Onyekwelu Loveline June 29, 2020 11:44:37 PM
    When you take a position on certain issues, people will continue to speculate. I am not going to run for the President of Nigeria for now.”
  • Feyi Oyesola June 29, 2020 11:44:24 PM
    I don't now why some people love spreading rumours deceiving people of news that is not true.
  • Precious Enwereji June 29, 2020 11:44:14 PM
    Nice one and very good to hear
  • Elizabeth Ogunjinmi June 29, 2020 11:44:09 PM
    Thanks for this information,candy news
  • Bowei David June 29, 2020 11:42:45 PM
    This man his really ambitious o,want to contest for presidency
  • John Ernest ogechukwu June 29, 2020 11:42:26 PM
    Mr wike is a wiseman who know how to play the game called politics
  • Onyeka Gbenoba June 29, 2020 11:42:15 PM
    This Man must win I believe it
  • Edet Ekpo June 29, 2020 11:41:20 PM
    This is a great ambition I will be by your side
  • Okechukwu Festus Junior June 29, 2020 11:40:43 PM
    When you take a position on certain issues, people will continue to speculate. I am not going to run for the President of Nigeria for now.”
  • Offor Kizito Chima June 29, 2020 11:40:05 PM
    We just returned to power over a year ago. And then you are talking about Presidency.”
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