Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and two of his key backers have confirmed that they’ve been holding political meetings in London. They, nonetheless, mentioned they have been doing so for the nice of Nigeria.
Mr Wike, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue have previously week held meetings with Nigerian presidential aspirants from completely different events.
Messrs Ikpeazu and Ortom supported Mr Wike in his quest to be the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering. He misplaced to Atiku Abubakar of the PDP. The three governors have refused to declare their assist for Atiku for subsequent 12 months’s presidential election though they continue to be within the PDP.
In a video PREMIUM TIMES obtained from the Rivers State Authorities, Mr Wike mentioned the discussions they’ve had are within the curiosity of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“What we’re speaking about is for the curiosity of Nigeria and Nigerians. It’s not parochial, being centred on one particular person or group of individuals, we imagine that what goes on might be for the curiosity of Nigeria on the finish of the day,” he mentioned.
In accordance with the Rivers State governor, nothing has been concretised and discussions are ongoing. He urged Nigerians to “by no means thoughts some individuals who don’t imagine within the existence of this nation.”
He described such individuals, whom he didn’t identify, as people who find themselves simply fascinated about their very own, “individuals who solely know easy methods to produce their very own youngsters as governors or members of the Nationwide Meeting.”
He mentioned such motion is a part of the issues Nigeria is having.
“These are the leaders of this nation, what instance are they displaying as leaders of the nation?”
Mr Wike mentioned politicians who’ve made Nigeria’s politics a household enterprise don’t want the most effective for Nigeria. “The one id they’ve is faith and ethnicity,” he mentioned.
“This nation has gone however we imagine that with the brand new factor going on, it will likely be a factor of the previous. No quantity of insults or blackmail will deter us from doing the appropriate factor. Now we have posed it and we received’t return,” the Rivers governor mentioned.
Within the video, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State mentioned they’re wanting on the bigger image as Nigeria is presently in misery.
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“No man or lady alone can get it proper for our nation. We’re taking a look at how we are able to harness concepts and put ourselves collectively to make sure we get out of the current problem we’re in,” he mentioned.
In accordance with Mr Ortom, the 2023 elections are past partisan politics and they’re searching for methods for Nigeria to outlive.
Additionally, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia mentioned “we should discover a strategy to rescue our nation not just for our kids however for our grandchildren.”
He mentioned Nigeria has nice potential and everybody must be concerned within the discussions together with the Diaspora.
“All of the sources out there on this nation presently have to come back collectively to see how we are able to transfer ahead,” Mr Ikpeazu mentioned, including that the existential nature of this want has belittled no matter partisan distinction which will exist.
“Going ahead, the curiosity of Nigeria is paramount,” he added.
The governors who arrived in Port Harcourt from London on Friday had separate meetings with three presidential candidates: Bola Tinubu of APC, Peter Obi of Labour Social gathering and Atiku Abubakar of PDP.
Chiamaka Okafor is a reporter at Premium Instances in partnership with Report for the World, which matches native newsrooms with gifted rising journalists to report on under-covered points across the globe.
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