Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike explained why he met with People’s Democratic Party presidential candidates Atiku Abubakar; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the Congress of All Progressives; Labor Party’s Peter Obi and former Chairman, Olusegun Obasanjo, in London, UK.
Wike said his team is more interested in a better Nigeria and consults widely with those who wish well for the country.
The Governor said this when speaking to reporters at Port Harcourt International Airport shortly after arriving from London on Friday.
Accompanying wike were Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
He noted that all was not well in Nigeria and that they were looking for remedies that would restore lasting hope to the country.
“I can confirm that this is the first time as a team that we have met presidential candidates.
“We met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC and we met our leader, the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.
“We met with the presidential candidate from the Labor Party. We also met our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. For what it’s worth, the consultation is ongoing.
“Everything we talk about is for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not parochial and tied to any person or group of people.
“We believe that with what is happening, it will be in the interests of Nigerians at the end of the day.”
Wike lamented the level of mediocrity in choosing people over leadership.
He said. “The consultation is still ongoing. Never mind some people who do not believe in the existence of this country.
“Leadership is not about you and your family. Leadership is for everyone. It is unfortunate that we are now in a country where a man completes eight years as governor and brings his own son as governor as well and as a member of the National Assembly.
“Only in this part of the world can you see that when you talk about poverty everywhere. These are people who do not want to do well for this Nigeria,” he said.
Wike added that “the only identity they have in this country is religion and ethnicity, nothing more. It’s either, I’m Christian or I’m Muslim, I’m Fulani or I’m Igbo. Nigeria cannot advance unless they think it will be him. This is where we are.
“We are in a country where someone with a primary school certificate can be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. That tells you how bad this country has become.
“But with our consultation, all of that will be a thing of the past. No amount of intimidation or blackmail will deter us. We are determined to right the wrong.