By Shola Abayomi.
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has said that he was not contemplating running for office of the president of Nigeria in 2023.
The governor, who spoke on ARISE TV on Sunday, said the issue of who replaces President Muhammadu Buhari can only be a problem in APC, being the ruling party.
“In PDP, who are you taking over from? You are taking over from nothing.
“You don’t even know the minds of Nigerians. The point is that being a ruling party and with Mr. President being there, he won’t allow his party to lose out,” Wike said.
The Rivers governor also ascribed the crisis in APC to the struggle for 2023 presidential ticket by politicians in the party, describing it as a distraction that has inhibited the ability of those currently in power among them to deliver ‘the dividends of democracy to the people.’
According to Wike, “Everybody thinks of taking over from the President. So instead of you to concentrate, you are thinking of taking over.
“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.”
The governor also said that he believes that any talk about 2023 is too early. He said, “We just returned to power over a year ago. And then you are talking about Presidency.”
Recalling that this was not the first time his name would be mentioned in relation to the contest for Nigeria’s presidency, Wike said 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. By that time, I had not even finished my first term and you are telling me to give away my second tenure to run for what I am not sure of,” governor Wike said.
He also added that his priority for now is to focus on developing his state, adding that 2023 is not in his agenda.
“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,” Wike clarified.