The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has said in due time, he will reveal his preferred presidential candidate.
The governor stated this during the flag-off of the construction of Akpabu-Egbeda-Elele/Omoku Link Road in the state on Wednesday. His comment follows speculations surrounding his preferred presidential candidate in the February coming elections.
Wike noted that his preferred presidential candidate will be made known in due course. Speaking in a mix of English and native Ikwerre dialect, he said, “Don’t make mistakes. All your votes put it in one basket. Put it in one basket. Carry all, give us for governorship, give us for House of Reps.
“Vote for us for Senate. Vote for us for the House of Assembly. But president, we will tell you how you will do it.
“If anybody likes, say whatever you want to say. Say I’m working for a so-and-so person, it’s your business. That will not [deter me] or make me change my mind about where we’re heading to.
“So, if they like, they make speculations. After all, that’s why the word ‘speculation’ is there. People must speculate, so let them continue to speculate. And let them know, some of them who do not even have 25 votes [are] busy abusing leaders. When you finish abusing leaders, you will pay.
“We are here talking to our people; they are there in radio stations and television houses. We are here talking to our people. When we finish, by that time, you select. Anytime they come, ask them, ‘What did you bring for us?’”
Recall that Wike and four other aggrieved PDP governors – Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) have not been on good terms with the presidential candidate of the party and the National chairman. The G5 or Integrity Group had insisted that the party’s top position should not be held by people from the same ethnicity.
The group has made its stand known and has distanced itself from the presidential campaign of the party.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and the G5 were rumoured to have met last Thursday in London to discuss a potential arrangement, but both the Rivers governor and Tinubu refuted the reports.