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Wike Declares For Presidency, Says He Can Remove APC

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Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has declared his intention to vie for the seat of the president, saying he can win the 2023 presidential election for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


Speaking during a consultative meeting with stakeholders of the Benue chapter of the PDP at the Government House, Makurdi, today, he solicited for votes of the state’s delegates to the coming national delegates convention of the party.

Stressing on zoning, he said, “To remove APC from power, I’m the person who can tell them enough is enough. We must take this power and I’m ready to take it for PDP. God is with us, that’s why APC keeps failing every day.


“I’m declaring it (presidential ambition) for the first time in Benue. I’m going to run for election,” he said warning stakeholders not to sell their votes, but give them to him.

Wike stated that some of the PDP presidential aspirants were only after the power for personal gains and accused those who once left the party and came back to seek power, of being the reason the party lost the election in 2015.


According to him, the founding fathers, who ran away from the party and still want to be recognised have lost their shares.


“By the time you ran away, you sold your share as a founding father, so you can no longer retain your position of founding fathers.


“I stood for this party. I work for this party since 1998. I have nowhere to run to and that’s why anything that happens to this party I take it personally. I have never relented.


“In 2015, those who ran away made us lose the election. Today, they are crying, but some of us stood and said PDP will not die.

“Some people want to use Nigeria to buy back their personal business. They talk about private sector. Let them mention the private business that has survived. Is it banks that your father had?


“Everybody is an employer of labour even, in my house, I have 50 people who feed from me. They should stop deceiving us.


“I have performed as a governor and can carry my shoulders high anywhere. I have the capacity to face this evil government. Give me the mandate. I will speak the truth to power and nothing but the truth. I have the capacity to move this country forward,” he said.

The Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, at the meeting prayed that God will grant Wike his desire to rule the country.


He stated that his Rivers state counterpart has never turned his back on Benue, “especially in caring for the teeming displaced people occasioned by herders’ invasions in some parts of the state.

“On southern Presidency, I stand,” Ortom declared.

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