By Magnus Effiong, Calabar
Few weeks to the presidential primaries of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, an aspirant in the race and governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has outrightly rejected the position canvassed by other candidates from the North.
Recall that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Gov Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Gov Bala Muhammed of Bauchi and Alhaji Usman Muhammed Hayatu-Deen had on Monday advocated concensus candidature of the party to face whosoever the All Progressives Congress, APC, would present for the 2023 polls.
They had reasoned that the idea of a concensus candidate would enable the party defeat the APC in the 2023 polls.
But the Rivers State governor, who stormed Calabar, the Cross River state capital, Wednesday, to solicit for votes from the PDP delegates in next month primaries said he would never accept concensus, describing it as ‘rubbish.’
The Governor noted that he was in Calabar to seek delegates’ support, saying that since he had always provided shoulders for Cross River PDP to lean on during their hours of challenges, he would want the delegates to reciprocate the gesture by giving him a hundred percent support.
“I am not for that rubbish called consensus. They came to me, and I have told them bluntly that I am not party to it.
“I am going round all the states in Nigeria to confirm that I will run for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I don’t want to be recognised as a former presidential aspirant but to run and win the presidential election.
“I am not going to negotiate for Vice President but to win the PDP ticket and win the election. People have pressurised me to rather buy ticket for Senate but I rejected the advice and told them that I am fit and ready for the race.
“I am ready to demonstrate power and power to win the election, nothing more. I have more energy to dissipate,” he stated.
In his remarks, the leader of the PDP Caucus in the National Assembly, Senator Gershom Bassey promised the resolve of Cross River delegates in the primaries election to queue behind the Rivers State governor, describing him as a friend of Cross River PDP.
Recall that Wike’s arrival in Calabar was coming barely six weeks after the APC chairman in the state said Wike’s safety in Cross River was no more guaranteed, and that the Rivers State governor should not set his feet on any part of the State