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General News of Thursday, 2 February 2023


Atiku, Tinubu or Obi: New twist as Wike speaks on preferred presidential candidate, reveals fresh position

Nyesom Wike Nyesom Wike

Amid growing pressure to announce his preferred presidential candidate in the forthcoming election, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said he never told the public the method by which he would disclose his choice.

All eyes are on Wike in the light of his assurance that he would make his preferred candidate known last month.

Many thought Wike would pick Obi as his preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 election, but he is yet to make his choice public.

His candidate for president is considered significant, given his ongoing feud with the leadership of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the emergence of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate in May 2022.

Wike is one of five aggrieved PDP governors known as the G5 or Integrity Group who have remained defiant in their opposition to the North producing both the national chairman and presidential candidate.

They have refused to campaign for Atiku on the grounds that there must be equity, fairness, and justice.

APC chieftain queries Wike, Rivers gov fires back

Former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, on Tuesday, January 30th, challenged Wike to name his presidential candidate as expected.

But the Rivers governor fired back at the All Progressives Congress (APC) member, Channels TV reported.

“You have the guts to tell me I should name my presidential candidate. Are we at the same level? Failure and success, are they the same?” Wike asked at the Rivers State PDP campaign rally in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, February 1st, 2023.