Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has insisted that he will not step down from the 2023 presidential race.
Wike, who is a presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) said this during an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Pidgin service.
It had earlier been reported that some chieftains of the PDP had demanded that the presidential candidate of the party should be picked through consensus. However, Wike said only death would make him step down for another PDP candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
When asked if he would step down for another candidate, Wike said, “Why will I step down for anybody? If you want to do consensus, there must be equity and fairness. Are the hands of those demanding consensus clean? People talking about consensus are the ones running the election. Is it the party’s decision?
“It is not the party that is talking. In politics, there is something called ‘shine-shine bobo’. The more you look, the less you see. Some people think they can deceive me with consensus. It’s a scam. If I am alive, we will run this thing; we will hold the primary on May 28/29”.
Recall that Wike had on Tuesday warned PDP leaders against appointing delegates who have taken sides with some aspirants on the Primary Election Committee.
During his visit to Benin, Wike said he would never settle for the vice-president position as the contest for the plum job hots up, ahead of the presidential election next year.
Wike noted that the first criteria for any president to be successful in Nigeria was the ability of such a president to secure the nation and protect the lives and properties of citizens.
He said that if given the mandate by the PDP in the party’s presidential primaries next month, he would end up winning the presidential election.