Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained why he never opposed the presidency bid of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
According to Channels, Wike, while speaking at the commissioning of Chokocho-Igbodo Road, Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, stated that he didn’t oppose them because he was an“apostle” of power shift to the southern region of Nigeria.
Wike while commending the people of the region for voting a southern presidency stated that the Peoples Democratic Party constitution recognized zoning and rotational presidency in section 7(3)(c), but the party’s leadership violated the party’s laws.
“I owe nobody any apology at all. I am one of the apostles, one of those who stood firm that power must rotate to the South. This is for equity, this is for fairness and this is for justice.
“Whether you voted for Labour, I have no problem with you. Whether you voted for APC, I have no problem with you. That is what we have argued for: that the north has had it for eight years. Therefore the south must be there for eight years,” Wike said.
“As far as I am concerned, anybody from south, that is my position. That is what we agreed in the Integrity Group that we must make sure that the south emerges as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Each time I went for campaign, nobody has ever heard me criticise Obi. Nobody has ever heard me criticize Asiwaju. I owe nobody any apology that people voted southern presidency.”
The 2023 presidential election was eventually won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, who defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.