Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared that contrary to insinuations, he had no hand in the emergence of former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi as the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Wike, who stated this on Wednesday when he appeared on ‘Roadmap 2019’, a Channels Television programme said there was no doubt that the All Progressives Congress-led government has failed Nigerians, necessitating the need for a new government at the centre.
Wike further maintained that the visit of four South-South governors to President Muhammadu Buhari had no political connotation as they were in the Presidential Villa to discuss the development of the Niger Delta.
“Our meeting with the President had nothing to do with politics. It was strictly for the benefit of the South-South. There is no personal problem between the President and myself.
“He came to Port Harcourt to commission a project that would add value and I had to be there. But, when it comes to politics, I say no, the party of the President has performed poorly. It has failed Nigerians.
“The APC is not doing well. But, when it comes to governance, you give the President that respect,” Wike said.
Commenting on the zoning of the vice presidential ticket to South-East, Wike added: “I never nominated Peter Obi. But the mere fact that the vice presidential candidate is coming from the South-East does not give the zone the sole right to nominate a person since the entire country will benefit.
“The South-East said they were not consulted before Peter Obi was nominated. Where did we meet as a party to agree that the vice presidential candidate must come from the South-East?
“But, we said, if the presidential candidate believes he has somebody to work with, we said so be it.”
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