The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on Friday confirmed that he held political meetings with some 2023 presidential candidates and former President Olusegun Obasanjo while outside the country.
He however stated that the meetings were not partisan but targeted at making Nigeria better for everyone as all is currently not well with the nation.
Applesbite reports Wike gave the confirmation while speaking with journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area upon his return to Rivers State from London.
He arrived in the company of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and his Abia State counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu.
Wike said: “I can confirm that this is the first time as a team that we are meeting with presidential candidates. We met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC and we met with our leader, former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.
“We met the presidential candidate of Labor Party. We also met with our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. For whatever it’s worth, consultation is ongoing.
“Whatever we are talking about, is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not parochial and tied to one person or group of persons. We believe that with what is going on, it will be for the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day.”
Political Office Is Not Family Inheritance
Speaking further, Governor Wike threw shades at politicians who are keen to perpetuate themselves in power as well as others who are replacing themselves with children and other close relatives.
He described such happenings within Nigeria’s political landscape as unfortunate.
Wike stated that consultations are still ongoing for 2023 and no final decision has been reached.
He said: “Consultation is still ongoing. Never mind some people who do not believe in the existence of this country.
“Leadership is not about you and your family. Leadership is about everybody. It’s unfortunate that we are in a country now where a man finishes eight years as a governor and brings his own son as a governor too and as member of National Assembly.
“It’s only in this part of the world that you can see that, when we are talking about poverty everywhere. These are people who do not mean well for this Nigeria.”
Wike said Nigeria needs to do away with sentiments such as religion and ethnicity in choosing leaders, arguing that competence should be the yardstick.
He said: “The only identity they have in this country is religion and ethnicity, nothing more. It’s either, I’m a Christian or I’m a Moslem, I’m a Fulani or I’m an Igbo. Nigeria cannot move forward except they think it will be them. That’s where we are.
“We are in a country where someone with primary school certificate can be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. That tells you how bad this country has become.
“But with our consultation, all these will be a thing of the past. No amount of intimidation or blackmail will deter us. We are determined to right the wrong.”