A former member of the National Assembly, Bernard Mikko, has picked the party’s expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the 2023 Rivers governorship poll.
Responding to questions from journalist after obtaining his nomination forms, Mikko claimed that there may have been endorsement but certainly no consensus has been reached.
“You are asking a very hypothetical question. You know that in politics before you become an aspirant, you must obtain your nomination forms and the law of building a consensus is clear for the parties that are subject to that consensus. Up till today, you know the process, go and check at the party’s Secretariat for those who have paid and those who haven’t paid.
“I think that will give you a clear indication as to a group of friends, well-wishers that sat together and said that they have endorsed someone. No endorsement. They can endorse people but no consensus has been reached. Go and find out from the party’s headquarters.
“It is synonymous with the fact that some friends of a presidential aspirant who calls himself leader. Of course, you know that the party hierarchy has said that it is only governors that are leaders of the party in the states.
“As claimed that a particular person is the leader of the party in the country, gathers his friends and well-wishers to endorse him for president, is going to stand?” Mikko said.
When asked which camp he belongs to between Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Magnus Abe, he said “party means a group of people with different interests and ideologies.
It is only small parties that don’t have divisions.
Mikko also reacted to the possibility of APC winning the Rivers governorship election, emphasising that he is a core politician from Rivers state.
“APC in Rivers State has been in the limbo for almost eight years now. No House of Representatives, no Senate, nothing not even a local councillor. And you can see is the problem between some of these parties that have led to this. Why I am coming into the race is to unify all the factions in the state and make things work for our APC to win the election”, he said.