BREAKING: Wike declares intention to run for president in 2023


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has added his name to a growing list of presidential hopefuls for 2023 Nigeria's Presidential election.

The Rivers governor made the announcement during a visit to Markurdi on Sunday, when he met with delegates from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr Wike stated during his statement that he had the bravery and resources to depose the incumbent All Progressives Congress at the polls.

According him, "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 everyday.

"I’m declaring it (presidential ambition) for the first time in Benue. I’m going to run for election," Wike said.

His announcement comes just days after Aminu Tambuwal, Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi confirmed their interest in the main opposition party's presidential ticket.

He warned stakeholders not to sell their votes, but rather to give them to him, claiming that some PDP presidential candidates were solely interested in power for personal benefit.

Wike also blamed individuals who had previously left the party and returned to seek power for the party's defeat in 2015, adding that those founding fathers who had fled the party but still wanted to be recognized had lost their shares.

He said, "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 had 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."


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