In January 2023, I will reveal my preferred presidential candidate — Wike

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has stated that he will announce his top choice for president in January 2023.

The governor announced this on Thursday and added that he would actively support his chosen candidate across the country.

He said: “From January next year, I will campaign to my people whom they will vote for,” Wike said when he commissioned the tenth flyover by his administration in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers.

“So, all of you who have been in suspense, who have been saying all kinds of things, abusing me, wait. January is here.

“Not only will I tell them (my people) whom to vote, I will move from state to state (for campaigns) and why they should vote for the person, nothing will happen.”

Following the PDP presidential primary in May, where he lost out, Wike has been at loggerheads with Atiku Abubakar over the chairmanship of Iyorchia Ayu.

After the presidential primary, Atiku, a former Vice President, stung Wike when he passed over his closest rival at the primary and chose Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate.

Wike, along with four other PDP governors known as the G5 or the Integrity Group, have insisted that Benue-born Ayu step down for a southerner as a precondition to supporting the 2023 ambitions of Atiku.

Earlier in December, the Director General of Atiku’s Campaign, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, visited one of Wike’s allies and a G5 member, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, in a move to resolve the crisis, but no success was achieved.


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