Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, says he would not have joined the 2023 presidential contest if his Kano State counterpart, Abdulahi Ganduje was also in the race.
Wike who made this known on Monday during a courtesy call on i Ganduje in Kano, said that Nigeria was bleeding and they needed people like himself to rescue it, adding that Nigerians must begin to talk about the unity and togetherness of the country beyond party lines.
“There is no gainsaying that the country is not getting it right and there should be a desperate effort to save the country, and by this, I’m out to right the wrongs.”
However, Wike agreed that should Ganduje be contesting the presidency, he wouldn’t have tried to contest because he knew he would not make it.
“If Ganduje is running for the Presidency, some of us will quickly withdraw our ambitions, but thank God he is not running and I’m sure he will help me to make it.”
Wike, who is eyeing the 2023 presidential seat under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to disband the two anti-graft agencies in the country, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC.
He hinged his call on the recent granting of pardon to some former governors convicted of corruption.
“By granting pardon to the former governors, President Buhari has disgraced the EFCC and the ICPC and should immediately disband them.”
In his address, Governor Ganduje explained that the diversity of the Wike presidential team was Nigeria, and this clearly shows that the man believes in the greatness of Nigeria.
“Party differences should not make us stupid, our diversity is an advantage, even though we failed to utilize our diversity, each one of us must try in his own bid to change the status quo.”
He called on the Nigerian governors to be responsible for national integration, using their states and should act and see people as part of themselves by allowing them to own properties.