Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike says it was doubtful if the President Muhammadu Buhari will assent to the Electoral Act, as amended by the National Assembly as he spoke on an African Independent Television programme in Port Harcourt, on Thursday.
Wike wondered why the president would be seeking advice from the Independent National Electoral Commission on a law that has been passed by the National Assembly as contained in a statement signed by the governor’s Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri.
The governor also expressed confidence that although the selection process will be tough, the Peoples Democratic Party would present a credible candidate capable of winning the 2023 Presidential election.
Ebiri quoted Wike as saying, “Let nobody come and tell you that in arriving at a presidential candidate that it will be easy. No way, it can never be. You know, there are two types of turbulence.
“There is turbulence that will not have a crash, which is a normal turbulence. There is so much turbulence that there is likely to be a crash.
“Our own turbulence in PDP is the normal turbulence, which I believe we will get through, but APC turbulence is turbulence that is likely to lead to a crash.
“PDP has redeemed its position towards what Nigerians are expecting, because Nigerians are tired of what is going on in the country. So, they need an alternative, and the only alternative as it is today is the Peoples’ Democratic Party,” Wike stated.
“I must see that you are prepared for it, and to confront this evil called APC.”
Wike dismissed insinuations in certain quarters that PDP governors were forced to hold an early convention because they wanted sole control of the party.