Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has rejected an avalanche of offers to serve as Nigeria’s vice president (running mate, at the moment) in the coming dispensation as the PDP grows more confident of clinching the presidency.
Gov Wike revealed this in Port Harcourt Thursday when he declared that he would not be vying for the position of Vice President of the country as being speculated in certain quarters ahead of the 2019 elections.
Wike said though some of the presidential aspirants seeking his support have offered him the position of vice president in the course of political consultations, but that he had turned all down, insisting the the interest of Rivers State was paramount.
A press release from his media team said he disclosed this in an interview with The Osasu Show at the Government House Port Harcourt on Thursday. Wike said: “There are aspirants who have promised me the position of the Vice President, but I said I will not seek the position. Not even in the dream will I seek that position at this point. I am a first term governor and the national chairman of PDP is from my State and the South-South.”
He went on: “These are mere allegations. People can carry rumours, but everything I will do, will be in the interest of Rivers State. Nobody can use Rivers State as a tool. They did that in the past, but not anymore “.
Peter Odili had gunned for the presidency in 2007, but that was after serving out his two terms as governor. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was rumoured to want to be vice president in 2015, but that too was after serving out two terms. Wike is in his first term, and nobody knows what he may want after serving out his two terms, too.