The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has stated that his demand remained that the northern region should let go the position of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party to the south so as to have lasting peace in the party.
The governor added that he had no political axe to grind with the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Wike made this known on Tuesday, when his political associates and Rivers State elders led by the chairman, Rivers Elders Council, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba visited his private residence in Rumueprikom to felicitate with him on his birthday.
He explained that precisely a year ago, Rivers elders urged him to contest for the office of the president of Nigeria adding that he heeded the advice and almost clinched the PDP presidential ticket but for the manipulation of the process by the party itself.
Wike said, “I don’t regret I ran for the presidency. In the name of God, I am happy to make Rivers State proud. I am happy as far as I am concerned. If they had allowed it to be what it is supposed to be, I would have won the election. But it’s okay. It has happened.
“People said because I lost the election, it doesn’t matter. I didn’t lose the election. This is my first time trying to run for the president of Nigeria and we made an impact. If it is easy let them go ahead. Are they not the ones begging?
“I have no problem with a presidential candidate. All I am saying is what is the interest of Rivers people? What is the interest of the South-South, and the South?”
He explained that the reason why some of his Ikwerre brothers like Sir Celestine Omehia and former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Austin Opara, were begrudging him was because of his insistence that it would be morally offensive for an Ikwerre man to succeed him or even emerge as PDP candidate for Rivers East senatorial district.