By our reporter/ The process of selecting the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 election will be turbulent, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike said on Thursday.
Wike, who stated this in an interview with a national television in Port Harcourt, said the process will not be an easy one.
He said, “Let nobody come and tell you that in arriving at a presidential candidate that it will be easy. No way, it can never be. You know, there are two types of turbulence.
“There is turbulence that will not have a crash, which is a normal turbulence. There is turbulence that there will likely lead to a crash. Our own turbulence in PDP is the normal turbulence, which I believe we will get through it, but APC turbulence is a turbulence that is likely to lead to a crash.
“PDP has redeemed its position towards what Nigerians are expecting, because Nigerians are tired of what is going on in the country. So they need an alternative, and the only alternative as it is today is the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).”
Wike said as a firm and courageous person, who has “demonstrated selfless leadership” in Rivers, he will support a presidential candidate who will not mortgage the party.
“And so, if you want to run for presidency under PDP, I will not support somebody who’ll just want to bear the name of former presidential candidate, I will not agree to that. I must see that you are prepared for it, and to confront this evil called APC,” he said.
Wike, who dismissed insinuations that governors forced early convention to remain in control, said he feels fulfilled that PDP got it right with its national convention, adding that there is a new competent National Working Committee (NWC).