Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, from the South-South geo-political zone of Nigeria has joined the 2023 presidential race.
Wike declared his intention to contest the presidency in the 2023 general elections on Sunday when he visited Benue state to consult stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state over his ambition to run for the presidency.
The Rivers governor, who expressed confidence that PDP would win the presidency in the next election, said his decision to contest is to take back power from the APC.
“If you’re running in an election, power isn’t given for free; it is taken. I have come out and I’m going to take this power from APC back to PDP by the grace of God,” he said.
Wike, who said he has what it takes to win the election, said he had stood with the PDP when many members “ran away”.
“Those who want to be president now were the problems of the party in 2015. They ran away when the party needed them most,” he said.
Also present at the event was Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue.
Meanwhile, during his visit to Benue, the Rivers governor donated N200 million each to Katsina Ala and Makurdi LGAs to support victims of recent fire outbreaks in the areas.