Governor Nyesom Wike has made a statement regarding his future political aspirations, saying that he will not be running for president again. Gov Wike said this on Thursday, March 9, 2023, during the commissioning of a road project in Rivers State,
The reason behind this decision, according to Wike, is that power has finally rotated to the south of Nigeria. This suggests that he believes that it is now time for a president from the southern region of the country to take the reins of power, and that he does not want to stand in the way of that progress.
Furthermore, Wike clarified that he never campaigned against the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, during the last election cycle.
He explained that the reason for this was that the Integrity group, which includes himself and four other governors – Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State had agreed to ensure that wherever the Labour Party was leading, the All Progressives Congress (APC) must come second, and vice versa.
This was done to make sure that the APC, which is the ruling party at the federal level, did not have an easy path to victory in the states.
Governor Wike also used the occasion to criticize the former governor of Rivers State, Amaechi, for his endorsement of Atiku as presidential candidate. “Amaechi, you are not very smart. You claim to love the Igbos, but you supported Atiku for president and refused to support Obi. You did not understand the needs of the Igbos at the time when you were supposed to support them.”
Gov Nyesom Wike further pointed out that when Amaechi was running for president, he advocated for power to be shifted to the south. However, after losing the election, he reneged on this stance and began advocating for power to be given to the north. Wike dismissed this approach, stating that it was not a viable path to power.