The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has urged the People Democratic Party members to give him the presidential ticket if they really want to take power from the All Progressives Congress come 2023. He added that if he wins he will make sure there is enough food for the citizens by investing in agriculture.
Wike made the statement while speaking on Tuesday in Gombe where he visited stakeholders of the PDP as part of ongoing consultations ahead of the party’s presidential primary election.
He appealed to the stakeholders to not waste their votes on candidates who could not win the 2023 general election.
In his words,
“If you want PDP to win election in 2023, I have made myself available. Give me the ticket, let me go and take the power for you. We are talking about who can take this power from APC. That person is me.”
“We need to salvage this country. Let us not pretend about it. Insecurity does not know religion. Insecurity does not know ethnicity. Poverty does not know ethnicity. Poverty does not know religion.
“The people who come to kill us, do they look at who is a Christian? Do they look at who is a Moslem? Do they know who is Hausa-Fulani? Do they know who is Igbo? We are dying.
“So, it is not for sentiment. It is not for people to come and tell you, look, it must come from here, no, no. It is for those who have the capacity. If given the opportunity, I will replicate what I’ve done in Rivers State as President of Nigeria.”
The governor also questioned the APC-led administration its claim of disbursing over N300 billion into agriculture, asking where the food produced was.
“They said they have given over N300 billion for agriculture. I have no problem with that. Even if they have spent N1 trillion, where is the food?” Wike asked.
“I don’t want people going to buy rice and doing pyramid. I want to see to it that agriculture is working,” he said.