Wike, Makinde, Ortom meet Obasanjo ahead of presidential primaries

Wike said he led the governors to inform and seek Obasanjo’s support for his presidential ambition.

From left: Former Gov of Cross River State, Donald Duke, Governors Seyi Makinde, Nyesom Wike, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Governor Samuel Ortom (PM News)

Presidential aspirants continue to meet political leaders across the country as Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Samuel Ortom of Benue State met former President, Olusegun Obasanjo behind closed doors.

The three governors in the company of former Cross River Governor, Donald Duke met with Obasanjo on Monday, May 23, 2022, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to Punch, the politicians arrived at Obasanjo’s residence at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library at 6:40 pm, and their meeting lasted for about an hour.

Speaking after the meeting, Wike said he led the governors to inform and seek Obasanjo’s support for his presidential ambition.

The ex-president also confirmed that Wike informed him of his presidential bid, adding that Nigeria is not difficult to manage if a “courageous leader is elected”.

He said, “Of course, Governor Nyesom Wike as a presidential aspirant with Governor of Oyo, Governor of Benue, former Governor of Cross River and former Deputy Senate President and former Minister to express to me the desire and of course I made the point that I have always made that, I have ceased to be a partisan politician, I don’t belong to any political party, but if politics is the welfare of the people, I cannot cease to be a politician because I must always seek the welfare of the people.

“And of course, you all know what the situation of Nigeria is and anybody who doesn’t know that, is either not a Nigerian or is not being truthful to himself or herself and we need, as I often said, no one individual can say yes I can do it because the situation Nigeria is today, we need all hands, all Nigerian hands on deck to restore Nigeria and that is what Governor Wike is saying to me.

“Courage, he doesn’t lack it, and if you have courage and you have the conviction to speak your mind, well you will have a saying in this part of the world that a person who speaks the truth all the time may not even get a mat spread for him because you will incur the displeasure of people, but you need the truth to be spoken and to get ourselves moved Nigeria on the path of unity.”

On the issue of zoning the PDP presidential ticket, Wike said the constitution of the opposition party recognises zoning.

“It’s not as if I am championing zoning, it’s provided in the constitution of PDP.

“Personal ambition will make us avoid or not do the right thing with impunity. But again, since they have decided there is no zoning, we are not running away, we have the capacity,” he said.

The governor believes he is the only candidate everybody is afraid of.

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