Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State during a programme on Arise Television asked Nigerians not to allow the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) beyond 2023.
Wike said the APC must be stopped from destroying Nigeria in the next general elections.
He noted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was interested in taking over power in 2023, adding that the PDP would move the nation forward and out of its current calamitous state.
Reacting to speculations that he was planning to go for the presidency in 2023, the governor said; “right now, I am focusing on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers State.
“To clear every speculation, let me state that I am not going to run for the office of the President of Nigeria for now. I am concentrating on developing Rivers State. I am not a party to anybody saying that the problem in the PDP is about 2023.
“That can be the problem in the APC because it is the ruling party. This is the last tenure of Mr President and he is going. So, people are hustling to take over from him within his party. The PDP has nothing to do with that because the way it is now, we are taking over from nothing.”
Speaking on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s aspiration to contest for presidency in 2023, Governor Wike noted that it was his fundamental right that nobody would deny him.