Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that no political leader can name his successor or name a particular zone to produce the next governor of the state, come 2023.
While speaking at the grand finale of the PDP local government campaign on April, 10, 2021 building up to the April 17, 2021 election in the state, Wike said the decision to anoint a successor would be a collective decision of party stakeholders in the state, reported Legit.ng.
In his words:
I don’t want to talk about politics of who is from here and who is not from there. At the appropriate time the PDP family will sit down, the leaders of the party will sit down and look at everything together and then take a decision, not one man and even me as governor, can say this is where we are zoning it to.
You cannot say that. It is not your father’s property. So nobody should panic. It is not for one man who thinks he owns Rivers State. Somebody said he is going to give governorship slot to the Kalabaris, now it’s no longer to the Kalabaris, but to the riverine area.
Wike also lampooned the All Progressives Congress-led administration for its inability to keep to its promises since its inception in 2015 and subsequent re-election in 2019.
According to him:
Time has come when you make a promise to the people you must fulfil the promise. Time has come that we can no longer listen to empty promises of politicians like what the ruling party is doing today.
Governor Wike has been a strong voice in the PDP and may likely be vying for presidency in 2023.
While he hasn’t made any official move to that effect, some political groups have called on him to run for the presidency.