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Wike Eludes Questions On Presidential Ambition, Says Window Still Open

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Governor Nyesom Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Tuesday, avoided the confirmation of his presidential ambition in 2023, saying time is still on his side.

Wike was on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television, where he was asked to confirm joining the presidential race.

However, the governor said nothing as regards to his alleged ambition.

When he was asked if he was running for president, he responded with a question, “When is the time limit within which a person can declare to run or not to run? Is there a particular time limit that you can declare (ambition), so that let it not be said that ‘if you don’t declare tomorrow, you may be late?’”

The governor said, “So, if I want to declare to run, I must do it before Channels Television; I will not do it before my people?”.

He added, “I’ve always told people that everybody has their own strategy. If I want to run for election, I have my own strategy. If you want to run for election, you have your own strategy. No doubt, people believe that by my performance, I am likely to run. There is no doubt about the belief of the people. But if I want to run for election, everybody will know that I want to run; I will tell Nigerians that today, I am declaring that I want to run election.”

The governor added that he works as a team. “So, it is when we have sat down and reviewed everything, and we believe that ‘yes, we think we can do this; we think we cannot do that.’ That is the way I operate. I don’t operate in isolation,”

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Wike also stated that, he stands by the demand of the Southern Governors’ Forum for power to return to the South in 2023.

The governor said as a member of the forum, he stands behind the decision of the southern governors.

Responding to a question, Wike, who is one of the most influential Peoples Democratic Party governors, said he remains on the side of the southern governors.

The Rivers State governor said, the PDP would meet and take a decision on the Presidency, adding that the fact that the national chairmanship was zoned to the North did not mean it was automatic that the Presidency would go to the South.

Wike alleged said that pressure is being mounted on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), not to assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, especially from within the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He further said the APC is afraid of free, fair and credible polls that the amendments to the Act seek to achieve.

The governor also stated that he was only interested in the electronic voter accreditation and transmission of election results.

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