Happiness Of Nigerians, My Priority – Wike

…Condoles With Jonathan Over Police Aids Death

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said that his interest in seeking the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for next year general election stemmed from his desire to make Nigerians happy.

He said he would do this by developing a formidable strategy that will enable the PDP coast to victory in the 2023 presidential election.

Governor Wike who stated this on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting with some presidential aspirants jostling for the ticket on the platform of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), said their interest is to ensure that there is unity in the party.

Those at the closed-door meeting that held at the Government House in Port Harcourt were Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed; Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; the former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and the former Managing Director of FSB International Bank, Dr Mohammed Hayatu-Deen.

Governor Wike, who spoke to journalists after the meeting  said “Our interest is the unity of the party. Our interest is to make Nigerians happy by making sure that by 2023, PDP takes over the reins of government because Nigerians are patiently waiting. 

“And I can assure you that we are going to work as a team to make Nigerians happy.”

On his part, the leader of the delegation, Senator Bukola Saraki said their discussion was on identifying the best available way in ensuring that there is unity within the party and among the various presidential aspirants.

According to him, they are aware that Nigerians now look up to the PDP as the only option that will provide the needed direction for the country.

“We are here to have a discussion and we just finished talking about how best way for us to reunite our party, bring unity among all those who are aspiring to lead this country under PDP. 

“We all realize the importance of this and PDP is the only option ready to redirect this country in the right direction and bring progress and provide a better future for our people. 

He further continued,” We have been to some of the other states and today we are here with Governor of Rivers State, a key stakeholder of this party to discuss frankly. 

“He has given us his views and make some suggestions and we will continue to work with that as we move away from here. But the key thing is unity, the key thing is to put the country first and put the party first.”

Meanwhile, Governor Wike has expressed gratitude to God for making former President Goodluck Jonathan escape unhurt in a ghastly accident that sadly left two of his police aides dead.

The governor said it was a thing of joy that President Jonathan came out unscathed, after his convoy got involved in an accident in Abuja on Wednesday night. 

“I was so elated to hear that President Goodluck Jonathan escaped unhurt. I thank God Almighty for sparing his life and that of others in the convoy.”

Governor Wike, however said he was devastated to hear that two police aides of the former President lost their lives, while others sustained injuries in the accident. 

“It is very heartbreaking to hear that the accident claimed the lives of two police personnel, and may God grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

“I pray to God to give President Jonathan all the strength to overcome the scars of this painful accident.”

Governor Wike wished those who sustained injuries in the accident speedy recovery.


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