The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has said the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket and the retention of the presidential seat in the north are two wrongs that should not be given a chance.
This was contained in a statement issued by, Kelvin Ebiri, the Governor’s spokesperson on Sunday at the special dedication service for the Rivers state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 2023 election campaign rallies. The event was held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.
Wike said that it’s an insult to sideline the zoning of the presidency. While the All Progressives Congress (APC) has produced a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the presidency, the PDP has also produced a northern candidate.
He emphasized how crucial it is for everyone to be fairly represented in the political system of the nation.
He said, “You play on people’s intelligence. You say Nigeria is not ripe for a Muslim-Muslim ticket, I agree. But Nigeria is ripe for the presidency to remain in one zone? I mean, just look at the insult. You blow hot and cold,” he said.
“Most of you just sit there; you don’t ask yourselves questions. Somebody continues to sell these kind of cheap ideas. You don’t ask the person, ‘I agree with what you are saying but look at what we are saying here’.
“Your party wants the presidency to go to the same zone where President Muhammadu Buhari is coming from. Who is cheating who?
“It is not now that politics have come, you want to come and tell the church a different story for your own personal interest. We have to be careful so that the church is not destroyed, because, all of us, for example, we are Anglicans, I will not allow anybody, for his selfish interest to destroy the church of Nigeria. I will not allow that.”
Recall that Wike has been calling for the resignation of the national chairman of the peoples Democratic Party, along side his four counterparts who are now referred as the Integrity group or G-5. After losing the presidential ticket to Atiku, Wike had insisted that the two top seats cannot be in the hands of people from the same zone.