Wike commends APC governors for supporting southern presidency

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) for backing power shift to the Southern region and rotational presidency.

He gave the commendation on Friday during the commissioning of Akpabu-Egbeda road in the Emohua Local Government Area.

Wike described himself as one of the apostles of power shift, saying that his decision to support a southern president had nothing to do with political parties but the unity and oneness of Nigeria.

This comes days after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC declared Bola Tinubu winner of the presidential election.

The Rivers governor refused to support Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, saying PDP’s constitution was against one region of the country producing both the presidential candidate and the national chairman.

“I thank and commend the people of Emohua local government for standing firm to support the southern presidency.

“I did say as one of the apostles of power shift, I maintain it has nothing to do about the party. It has to do with the unity of Nigeria; it has to show the oneness of Nigeria.

“That is why I commend the APC governors who came out boldly to say despite the fact that they are in power, they said no, this country we are all one,” he said.

Wike further said that for the country to continue to be one and the idea of power shifting to the South had to be upheld.

He said; “I commend them (APC), so whether you voted for [Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter] Obi or you voted for Asiwaju [Tinubu], I have no problem with you, as far as you stood for the southern presidency”.

Speaking on the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections, the governor urged the people to defend their polling units.