Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has foretold that there would be disagreements in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over which part of the country will produce the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.
Governor Wike also said that only a courageous person with the capacity and vision to salvage the country will be supported to fly the presidential ticket of the PDP in the 2023 general election.
He added that the presidential candidate of the PDP must be someone who will be ready to confront the All Progressives Congress (APC) even as he doubts the readiness of the ruling party to hand over power in 2023.
Wike said this during a live television programme monitored from Port Harcourt on Thursday.
According to him, “The fact that the PDP national chairman came from the North and the one that just left came from the South, that does not in any way mean that we have chosen where our presidential candidate will come from.
“We will choose a candidate that is prepared to face the All Progressives Congress and their government. We are praying to God to help us, guide us to arrive at that choice. But that does not mean there won’t be turbulence.
“There are two types of turbulence; the one that leads to crash and the one that you pass through and it does not lead to a crash. Our own turbulence will not lead to a crash because we will come out of it, but APC’s turbulence will lead to a crash”
“If I tell you in PDP, we won’t go through turbulence; then, I am not being fair. There will be serious disagreements, but it is not the type of turbulence that we can’t come out of. The turbulence in APC is so severe that it will shatter, but our own turbulence is normal turbulence.”
“Everybody has the right to aspire to be the presidential candidate of our party. I will not support somebody who just wants to bear the name of a former presidential candidate. I won’t do that.
“I must see that you are prepared to confront the evil called APC because when you are fighting evil, you must be serious about fighting evil. APC is a party that can do anything and can go to any length. So, you must be ready for this evil.
“I will not support an aspirant who already has who will be Chief of Staff or who will be this and that. You must show how prepared you are to win this election. You must bet someone who is very serious about confronting APC and not what prophets and marabouts told you.
“Whether you are bringing marabouts from Senegal or prophets from Israel, no, I am not going to do that. APC are not people you think will hand overpower. They will not agree; they will make sure it did not happen.”