Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has promised to turn around the fortune of of the nation to benefits Nigerians come 2023.
Wike stated this on Friday during his visit to Yenagoa to formally inform the Bayelsa Governor, Duoye Diri about his presidential bid on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He also said that he was running for the presidency as the country at this time required a firm leadership with the capacity to turn around its fortunes for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Wike however said that he berated aspirants in the All Progressive Congress (APC) that are promising to sustain the legacies of President Muhammadu Buhari, which he said were suffering, economic hardship and unbridled corruption.
He noted that anyone promising to continue with such legacies deserved God’s forgiveness.
Wike said that he and other PDP leaders were in Bayelsa to formally seek the support of party delegates ahead of the presidential primary.
The presidential hopeful, while commending Diri for providing purposeful leadership and embarking on robust infrastructural development of his state, said the 2023 election required an individual that could withstand APC and win it for the PDP.
Responding, the Bayelsa State Governor, assured Wike of support in his presidential aspiration.
Diri said that such support for governor Wike could be taken for granted as Bayelsa and Rivers were one and with common interests.
”Wike already knew the challenges of people of the South-South and he is adequately prepared to address them if he becomes Nigeria’s president,” he said.
Diri commended Wike’s developmental strides in Rivers and noted that the two states would remain united to protect their collective interests.
He said, “There is a thin line that exists between Bayelsa and Rivers states. For me, you know the challenges of the South-South people, especially that of Rivers and Bayelsa. You have worn the shoes and you know where it pinches.
“You are a homegrown politician that understands everything about us. As our son, as you are going out to battle, we are behind you.”
Diri, who restated his position on zoning of the presidency, emphasised that for the sake of equity, justice and fairness, the presidency should revert back to the southern part of Nigeria.
He solicited for the support of the North in the South’s quest to produce the President in 2023.
Diri also that Nigerians were looking up to the PDP to rescue the country, stressing that there was need to unite the party and focus on issue-based campaigns rather than engage in campaigns of calumny.
He however, lamented the collapse of the economy and insecurity in the country, saying “everything has fallen from top to bottom and Nigerians are waiting for us as a party to reverse the situation.”