Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has denied nominating Mr Peter Obi as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice-presidential candidate.
Nyesom Wike said the visit of four Southsouth governors to President Muhammadu Buhari had no political connotation, noting that the governors were in the Presidential Villa to discuss the development of Niger Delta.
Nyesom Wike spoke in an interview with Channels Television Roadmap 2019.
Nyesom Wike said: “I never nominated Peter Obi. But the mere fact that the Vice Presidential Candidate is coming from the South-East does not give the zone the sole right to nominate a person , since the entire country will benefit.
“When the South-East said they were not consulted before Peter Obi was nominated, where did we meet as a party to agree that the Vice Presidential Candidate must come from the South-East. But we said if the Presidential Candidate believes he has somebody to work with, we said so be it “.
On the new minimum wage, Nyesom Wike said the review could only be sustained when the nation’s revenue sharing formula was reviewed.
“I will never oppose the upward review of minimum wage for workers. But the revenue sharing formula must be reviewed. Assuming a state like Zamfara gets N3 billion monthly, and their monthly wage bill is N4 billion, then the state will not survive. Labour should understand the situation.’’
“You cannot talk of sustainable new minimum wage when you have not reviewed the revenue sharing formula. More of the money should be moved from the Federal Government to the states that bear the burden of governance. If there is no review of the revenue sharing formula, then we are not being fair”.
In line with this, Nigerians have reacted and expressed their opinions differently. Below are some reactions gathered from people on the on the nairaland forum:
“How can you support Tambuwal and still fix primaries at Portharcourt after losing to Atiku and you expect Atiku to consult you on VP nomination…..Wike you are really dreaming”
“We don’t care who nominated whom, lets just kick Buhari out”
“I said it that wike will rather vote for buhari than atiku…he will defect to apc after 2019”
“AtikuObi we know”