Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying he is the best man to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wike stated this when he visited his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, at the Government House in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Sunday.
He said he was making his intention to contest for presidency known for the first time in Benue.
The Presidential hopeful, who urged stakeholders to give him their mandate and not to sell their votes, assured that he has the capacity to “face this evil government.
“To remove APC from power, I’m the person who can tell them enough is enough. We must take this power, and I’m ready to take it for PDP. God is with us. That’s why APC keeps failing every day.
“He queried those founding fathers who ran away from the party and still want to be recognised, saying,” by the time you ran away, you sold your share as a founding father so you can no longer retain your position of founding fathers.
“I stood for this party. I have worked for this party since 1998. I have nowhere to run to, and that’s why anything that happens to this party I take personally. I have never relented.
“In 2015, those who ran away made us lose election. Today, they are crying, but some of us stood and said PDP would not die.
“Some people want to use Nigeria to buy back their personal business. They talk about private sector. Mention the private business that survive. Is it banks that your father had? Everybody is an employer of labour. Even in my house, I have 50 people who feed on me.
“They should stop deceiving us. I have performed as a governor and carry my shoulders high anywhere. I have the capacity to face this evil government. Just give me the mandate. I will speak the truth to power and nothing but the truth. I can move this country forward,” he said.
Wike promised that if elected, security would be his topmost priority.