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2023 Presidential Election: Jonathan should not expect me to support him if he runs on APC platform – Wike

I made Amaechi Governor

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said he can never support former President Goodluck Jonathan if he contests under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election.

With the recent reports linking the former president to APC, Wike said there was no way he could work against the interest of his party, PDP.

Wike, who served as Minister of State for Education in the Jonathan Administration, disclose this on the Pidgin Service of BBC, he also, said he was instrumental to the emergence of Chief Rotimi Amaechi as governor of the State in 2007.

He said: “I am a PDP member. If former President Goodluck Jonathan picks the ticket to run in my party, I will support him. I can’t do anti-party.

“But if he picks the ticket to run in APC, I won’t support him because I can’t do anti-party.

“He knows I won’t support him in APC even if he is from the south.

“I don’t do that kind of politics. It is party we are talking about, and I don’t play ethnicity.”

Wike mocked Transportation Minister Amaechi for calling him his employee saying that he would not have governed the state if God had not used him (Wike) to make him governor in 2007.

Also, he said he was “not close to Amaechi.”

According to him, “We were just in the same party, and in politics, everybody has ambition. He has his own. I don’t regret that as at that time, we preferred him to be governor.”

He said Amaechi had forgotten when he said in a church that after God in his life, the second person was he (Wike), adding that he was at liberty to choose any position in Amaechi’s government because of his contributions.

“Now he’s in APC, and you don’t expect me as a PDP person to support what he does.

“I was the one God used to make Amaechi governor. I will even give you a tape from what he said in the church; that after God, I’m next. But when he was talking the other day, saying I was his staff, his employee, I said no problem.

“We all sat to make you governor, and I was the one who championed it. How do you call someone who made you governor an employee? When he became governor, he asked me: how are we going to run this government, and he offered me to be the commissioner of finance, but I said no, let me be in the chief of staff office.

“That time I made him governor, I had the power to choose. People know in this state.

“With his APC, did they even score 25 percent here during the 2015 and 2019 elections? His staff stopped him from winning Rivers for his presidential candidate? Not even a senatorial seat?

On the zoning of the PDP presidential ticket for the 2023 election, Wike said if zoning the party’s ticket to the north is the only factor that can make the PDP victorious, he would readily support the move.

He said: “I am from the southern part of Nigeria. I will be happy if power returns to the South. But if PDP will win the 2023 presidential election by zoning the presidential ticket to the North, I will not be opposed to it. ”

On whether he would defect to the APC sometime in future, he said: “Defect to where? I have malaria, is it cancer that I am looking for? I have malaria that is easy to treat, now you want me to go and get cancer that will kill me immediately.

“Is it APC, a party that has killed Nigeria? I will stay in PDP and fight. If they win me no problem and if I win them, so be it. But I know they won’t win me. But to leave PDP that has malaria to APC, no way. The stage of cancer in APC is the fourth stage where doctors always say is hard to recover. Once they say is the fourth stage, call God and say it has happened.”

On whether he is corrupt, the governor said: “I cannot say I am corrupt. But I will say I am not a perfect person. If you say I like money yes. If I don’t have money, how can I pay my children’s school fees and treat my sick mother? Those who say they don’t like money are lying.”

 

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