The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would ensure its choice of the presidential candidate must be courageous and have the capacity and vision to lead Nigeria.
Wike stated this Thursday, during his appearance on African Independent Television, AIT. He, however, said it would be turbulent for the party to choose its candidacy.
According to the Governor, the party will support only a courageous person with the capacity and vision to salvage the country. He, however, said the party has not decided where its candidate will be one who can confront the evil tactics of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Let nobody come and tell you that in arriving at a presidential candidate that it will be easy. No way, it can never be. You know, there are two types of turbulences. There is turbulence that will not crash, which is normal turbulence. There are turbulences that there is likely to be a crash.
“Our turbulence in PDP is the normal turbulence, which I believe we will get through it, but APC turbulence is turbulence that is likely to lead to a crash.
“PDP has redeemed its position towards what Nigerians are expecting because Nigerians are tired of what is going on in the country. So, they need an alternative, and the only alternative as it is today is the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).”
The Governor added that he would not support any presidential candidate who will not mortgage the party for other selfish interests as a selfless leader.
“And so, if you want to run for presidency under PDP, I will not support somebody who’ll want to bear the name of a former presidential candidate, I will not agree to that. I must see that you are prepared for it and to confront this evil called APC.”
Speaking further, Wike said the successful conduct of the party’s national convention is an opener that the party will do well in the 2023 race.
He rejected the insinuations in some quarters that PDP governors had forced on an early convention because they wanted sole control of the party. According to him, any true party man will love a PDP that is stable, focused and forward-looking.
Wike lauded the party’s new leadership for engaging Nigerians and other party members in addressing the issues in the party, adding that the people are fed up with the misrule of APC and will not allow them to continue beyond 2023.
“Nigerians are waiting. Nigerians cannot have this type of evil come up again in 2023. We will be doing a disservice to Nigerians to allow this to continue.”
He further said his party knows the tricks of the APC, which the Federal Government is controlling to ensure it holds on to power at all costs. The Rivers Governor said APC is already gearing up to deplore unconstitutional means in frustrating the next general election.