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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has slammed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, describing him as an ethnic champion.

Wike, however, said that Nigeria did not deserve an ethnic champion ahead of the 2023 general election.

According to him, the country deserved a president that would have the interest of Nigerians at heart.

He spoke at the 22nd National Women’s Conference organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) on Tuesday.

His speech in Lagos, the enclave of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu while being hosted by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has fuelled speculations that the strongman of Rivers politics might throw his support for Timubu to emerge as president in 2023.

Wike was accompanied to the event held at Eko Hotels in the Victoria Island area of Lagos by a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.


Wike urged Nigerians to queue behind someone with vast experience in governance, who has the capacity to turn around the economy and confront insecurity.

“We are looking for a president that has the capacity and experience in governance, who can put food on the table for everyone and fight insecurity. That’s the person we are looking for; not some people who are talking about ethnicity,” the governor said.


Recall that the governor and his allies have been calling for the removal of Ayu as a condition to campaign for Atiku ahead of the 2023 general election.

The governor and his loyalists maintained that Ayu should step down for a southerner.


The crisis bedevilling the main opposition party ahead of the next year’s general election took a new turn on Monday after Wike accused Ayu of collecting N1 billion from Atiku before the PDP presidential primaries held in Abuja.

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