Following a closed door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Four People’s Democratic Party Governors from the South South Region, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has restated his position that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has woefully failed Nigerians, indicating that the respect he gives to Buhari is on the basis of Governance.
Wike insisted that there is no iota of doubt that the APC-led Federal Government has failed Nigerians, necessitating the need for a new leadership in 2019.
Wike further stated that the visit of four South-South Governors to President Muhammadu Buhari had no political connotation, noting that the governors were in the Presidential Villa to discuss the development of the Niger Delta.
He spoke in an interview with Channels Television Roadmap 2019, monitored by IGBERE TV
He noted: “Our meeting with the President had nothing to do with politics. It was strictly for the benefit of the South-South.
“There is no personal problem between the President and myself. He came to Port Harcourt to commission a project that would add value and I had to be there.
“But when it comes to politics, I say no, the party of the President has performed poorly. It has failed Nigerians. The APC is not doing well. But when it comes to governance, you give the President that respect.”
Commenting on the zoning of the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate to the South-East and eventual nomination of Former Anambra State Governor, Mr Peter Obi, Governor Wike stated that contrary to political insinuations, he played no role in the emergence of Peter Obi.
Governor Wike stated: “I never nominated Peter Obi. But the mere fact that the Vice Presidential Candidate is coming from the South-East does not give the zone the sole right to nominate a person , since the entire country will benefit.
“When the South-East said they were not consulted before Peter Obi was nominated, where did we meet as a party to agree that the Vice Presidential Candidate must come from the South-East. But we said if the Presidential Candidate believes he has somebody to work with, we said so be it”.
He said the fact that the Vice Presidential Candidate should come from the South-East, does not foreclose the inputs of the other five geo-political zones