Gov Nyesom Wike declares Presidential ambition, vows to tackle insecurity
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has indicated that he will run for President of Nigeria on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Wike announced his intention following a meeting with PDP stakeholders in Makurdi, Benue State, on Sunday. He stated that his top focus will be to address the country’s festering insecurity and promote the rule of law.
In a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, the Governor was quoted as saying “Let me thank the people of Benue for receiving me to come and talk to them. It is obvious that I am going to run for the presidency of this country. And I am declaring for the first time in Benue State because of my special relationship with them. People are merely not suspecting, but let it be known today that I am announcing it in Benue State because I have a special relationship with this state.”
In response to questions from the media about what he would do differently if elected President, Governor Wike stated that he would approach the issue of insecurity pragmatically.
He stated that service chiefs and leaders of other security agencies will be given the necessary equipment and incentives to carry out their constitutional responsibilities. They will also be given a timeframe to address the remaining insecurity, according to him, as his administration will not tolerate excuses.
In his words, “Today, you can’t talk about security in this country and you must understand that without security you can’t talk about governance. One first thing that anybody who takes an oath of office is sworn to, is that you must protect life and property. If you can’t protect life and property then you can’t talk about governance. So that major thing is that our people should be alive.”
The governor, who condemned the terrorist attack at the Kaduna International Airport over the weekend, said Nigerians urgently need a leader who can address the growing insecurity in the country. Speaking further, Wike assured that if elected, his administration will engender the rule of law in order to attract more direct foreign investment into the country.
Gov Nyesom Wike declares Presidential ambition, vows to tackle insecurit