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2023: Critics can’t influence my decision, says Wike

2023: Wike Kwankwaso

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has hinted at what he and other members of the G5 governors are considering in choosing the presidential candidate to throw their weight behind.

The Nation reported that the governor said this on Wednesday, while inaugurating the construction of the Akpabu-Egbeda-Omoku Link Road in Egbeda, Emohua Local Government Area of the state.

This is following the resolve of the governor, together with other members of the G-5 governors, namely: Seyi Makinde of Oyo state; Ikpeazu Okezie of Abia state; Ifeayi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state and Samuel Ortom of Benue state, not to back the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the poll.

Their withdrawal is occasioned by the refusal of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to step down from his role.

The governor said the insults being hurled at him would not make him change his mind as to working for his yet-to-named preferred presidential candidate.

He said he would, rather, concentrate on mobilising support for his candidate instead of joining issues with his detractors, who had lost focus.

Wike said, “If anybody likes, say what you want to say that I am working for so and so person, it’s their business, say that I am not working for so and so person, it’s their business.

“That will not make me change my mind where we are heading to. Do you understand me? So, if they like, they can make speculation. After all, that is why the word, speculation is there.

“Some of them, who do not have 25 votes, are busy abusing leaders. When you finished abusing leaders (us), you will pay.”

Wike said that, he and his team were already on ground and in the political field talking to the people and soliciting their votes.

Reiterating that only those who bring development should reap the votes of the electorate.

He added, “We are here talking to our people, they are there in radio stations and television houses. We are here talking to our people. When you are finished, by that time, it’ll be too late.

“Be bold to ask such politicians when they come, ‘what did you bring for us?’ ‘You come with empty hand; you will go with empty hand’. ‘You come with project, we give you votes’. ‘You come with promises, we give you promises’.”

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