Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike says his presidency will solve the leadership problem in Nigeria that has stunted economic growth.
Governor Wike assured the PDP delegates at the party’s secretariat in Owerri on Tuesday as part of his ongoing consultation ahead of the party’s presidential primary next month.
The Governor said he has clarity of purpose and the capacity to galvanise and coordinate the abundant human talents, expertise, and resources to steer the county to greatness.
Governor Wike stated that it is hard to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari is truly in charge of affairs of the country, given the intractable insecurity situation in parts of the country and poor performance of the economy.
“Each time, our party people will say, but for Wike, the party would have died. Now the same person has come out.
“That Wike who has stood for this party, that Wike who has made this party not to die, that Wike who has made this party to be alive has come out to say I want to now lead this party.
“Nigeria is full of talents. Nigeria is full of people who are intelligent. What the problem of this country is today is leadership.
“You require somebody who can galvanise and coordinate those resources, and it takes leadership. If you give me the party’s mandate, I know I will win the election in 2023.
“If you cannot protect life and property, governance is zero. This is because without life, what are roads for? Without life, what are schools for and without life, what are hospitals for? People must be alive to go to school.
“You need a firm, courageous and fearless person. You can’t go to this election without you leading. You can’t be at the back. What I’m fully prepared for is this particular seat, to be the President of Nigeria.”
Former Gombe State Governor, Dr Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, urged Imo state PDP leaders and delegates to support Governor Wike’s presidential aspiration because he is competent, fearless, and kind-hearted.
Dankwambo described Governor Wike as a tested and detribalised Nigerian, who believes in development, having unrelentingly delivered dividends of democracy in Rivers State in the past seven years.
Earlier, Imo State PDP Chairman, Chief Charles Ugwuh, said Nigeria is searching for a great leader like Governor Wike at this critical juncture.
“The Governor is a unique personage, very courageous, strong-willed, clear-headed and a focused man. A man who can state his belief and conviction without equivocation. He represents a great resource for Nigeria and PDP. “