Wike Shuns Ministerial Portfolio, Mocks ‘Abuja Politicians’

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  • Says stop whining, return home for campaigns

BY ONYEKACHUKWU IBEZIM – Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says it is laughable to suggest that he has an interest in picking up a ministerial appointment after his tenure in the Government House.

This is as the tough-talking Rivers State Chief Executive dare Abuja-based politicians to return home and campaign for their respective presidential candidates rather than flaunting their perceived influence on social media.

“Only one person can be a minister from a state. I will not be a minister. I will not. I am not a liability, Rivers State is an asset”, Governor Wike said in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

The Rivers Governor’s comments are against the backdrop of insinuations that he may be positioning himself for a ministerial appointment that usually comes as compensation for aspirants who stepped down or lost their deposits while contesting for political offices.

Speaking while inaugurating the newly constructed lounge at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Omagwa, the Governor said those who are interested and desperate to be Ministers in the coming political dispensation can go ahead with their lobbying but should count him out of such ambition.

Governor Wike, who broke his usual tradition of inviting special guests to commission projects in the State by personally inaugurating the Lounge, stressed that his focus remains to finish strong in providing good governance for the Rivers people.

He also made a veiled reference to current happenings within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying; “So, if you don’t want to win an election, it’s your business. I’m not the one running the election. He who wears the shoes knows where it pinches him.”

On the 2023 general elections, Governor Wike urged the supporters of presidential candidates to return home and campaign for their candidates instead of staying back in Abuja to make unnecessary noise and engage in social media stunts.

Wike, who was in the company of his Bauchi State counterpart, Governor Bala Mohammed, said instead of such Party’s leaders and elders returning to their various States and setting up strategies for the PDP to win, they were permanently in Abuja sponsoring gossip in the media against him.

“You want to support a candidate, you are not at home, you’re in Abuja. Go home and campaign and work for the party. Stop this Abuja politics of carrying rumours to the candidate”, he advised.

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