The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said his consultations ahead of the 2023 elections are in the nation’s best interest.
The governor recently met in London, UK, with prominent leaders from the nation, including Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), and former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
The governor claimed that his consultations portend good news for Nigeria in response to significant criticism of Wike’s recent actions, which followed his split from the PDP following the presidential primary that he lost to Atiku.
“What we are talking about is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not a parochial thing – being centred on a person or group of persons,” the governor said Friday at the VIP Lounge of the Port Harcourt International Airport following his arrival in the country.
“We believe that what is going on will be in the interest of Nigerians. Consultation is still ongoing. Nothing we have said now has been concretised. Discussions are going on.”
The former minister claims that nothing will stop his group from saving Nigeria from some leaders who only want to use their positions of power to enrich their families.
“Leadership is not about you and your family. Leadership is about everybody. Somebody finishes eight years as governor, he brings his son to be governor, brings his son to go to National Assembly?” the governor asked.
“It is only in this part of the world that you can see that. When are we talking about poverty everywhere? These are people who do not mean well for Nigeria.”
He is, however, optimistic “that with ongoing consultations, it will be a thing of the past”.
“No amount of insults, blackmail can deter us from doing the right thing,” Wike maintained. “So, we are poised for it, and there will be no going back.”