Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Friday said he is not aware that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wants to vie for the 2023 presidency.
Wike asserted while speaking as a guest on a Television Programme, Focus Nigeria, in Port Harcourt on Friday.
He said he was not aware of Atiku’s move because the PDP has not yet zoned the presidency.
Wike also said the resolution of the internal crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has allayed his initial fear of possible implosion in the party.
He noted that the convivial manner in which PDP governors and Board of Trustee members resolved the crisis has given Nigerians hope that the party is prepared to take over the realm of power from the ruling All Progressive Party (APC) in 2023.
The governor explained that it was not uncommon for a political party to experience internal squabble given the given poll and varying.
I commend the PDP governors for coming together to speak with one voice o end the differences.
I use to be afraid of the possibility of the n implosion and that could have been the end of the party. But what I saw on Monday gave me a lot of confidence for the first time. I have never seen that happen, the way the governors came together and spoke in a convivial manner with no dissenting view. I was impressed.”
Wike, who dismissed insinuation that the he has a personal disagreement with the National Chairman of the PDP, stated that his primary concern had been to salvage the PDP from an impending doom occasioned by an inert leadership.
Everybody believed that whatever the national chairman was doing was dictated by Wike and must have the backing of Wike. I believe when you support somebody, support him to succeed. But when things are also going wrong, if you don’t speak out, people will believe you are part of it. Therefore, I owe it as a duty to say things are not going right.”