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Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike said he first consulted with his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, before declaring his candidacy for the presidency in 2023.
The Rivers State Governor said if she did not approve of his ambition, he would not have declared for the nation’s top job in the next general election.
Wike made this known in an interview with BBC Pidgin English Service broadcast last Friday and monitored by The Tide in Port Harcourt.
He was responding to a question on whether there was anything that could make him resign from his presidential candidacy on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Rivers State Governor said the only thing that could get him out of office was if he was dead.
He quickly added that God was with him and he would not die now.
“Nothing will make me quit. Nobody who loves this country will see how it is and look for a way to change the situation. Who will change it for you?
“And luckily, before I went out, I told my wife, and she said go ahead. If I told my wife about it and she got mad and said no, I’ll obey. But she said go for it, and that’s what I’m doing,” he said.
Speaking on why he shunned Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki during his recent special interactive meeting with delegates and leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Wiike said, “I did not visit Governor Godwin Obaseki because the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) did not send me there.
“They sent me to meet with delegates (rather than the governor) to discuss how our party will win the presidential race in 2023.
“It is not written anywhere that I have to go through the governor before seeing the party delegates.
“I’m not in a relationship with Governor Godwin Obaseki, and he’s not my girlfriend, so why am I fighting him?”
“I was a friend of Edo PDP Chairman Dr. Dan Orbih until his elevation to Deputy Vice President, South-South.”
Wike has also not met with Obaseki’s deputy, Philip Shaibu.
He further avoided the Edo PDP secretariat in Benin City, where the state party chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, holds the ace.
During the visit, Wike, who was greeted by a crowd of fans, had met Edo PDP delegates at the mansion of a former Chairman of the Board of Directors (BoT), the late Chief Tony Anenih.
Wike and Obaseki were embroiled in a public feud, with the Governor of Rivers State calling his Edo counterpart a serial traitor and an ungrateful individual.
He expressed his sincere regrets to Obaseki’s former godfather and predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for ignoring his warnings about the governor of Edo.
Wike said, “If you ask anyone or check Godwin Obaseki’s DNA, what you’ll find in that DNA is serial betrayal and ingratitude.
“Let me take this opportunity to apologize to Adams Oshiomhole, who was right to inform us that we would see Governor Obaseki’s true colors, insincerity and ingratitude.”
The problem started when Obaseki insulted Wike, saying the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was not the governor’s party.
The governor of Edo said political bullies and overlords will not be tolerated, recalling Wike’s success in dethroning bullies and authoritarian rulers.
From: Nelson Chukwudi