Nigeria’s Election: Why I would Not Run For President Again – Governor Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said that he would not run for president again.

Wike stated during a campaign rally for the governorship race that power will move to the North after eight years in the South.

Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was proclaimed the victor of the 2023 presidential election, but his closest rivals have filed a lawsuit seeking restitution.

Wike stated that the reason he campaigned for power to return to the South was not to become President, but rather for a matter of principle.

“It’s not everyone that started a revolution that will benefit from it. I did it. I fought it and it doesn’t matter. Whether I become President or not is immaterial.

“What is material is that power has come to the South. It must not be me. It must not be me. It’s a matter of principle.

“If it finishes from the South, it goes to the North. I won’t run again. Because the South will finish in eight years and it goes to the North. Because it’s that principle of [power rotation] that brings peace. It’s what brings unity.” He said.

Wike had fought against his party’s national body, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for nominating a northern candidate, ensuring that the party did not win the Rivers State presidential election.

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