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Why I Met Tinubu – Atiku And Others In London – Wike

Rivers State Governor, South South Nigeria, Nyesom Wike has shed light on his London meeting with presidential candidates earlier this week, declaring that it was all part of the effort to make Nigeria a better nation.

Gatekeepers News had earlier reported that Wike met with the Presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi.

Wike met with the trio together with Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

Wike returned to Port Harcourt accompanied by Ikpeazu and Ortom.

He said the agenda of the London consultations was all about changing the fortunes of Nigeria.

Wike said, “I can confirm that this is the first time as a team that we are meeting with presidential candidates.

“We met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC and we met with our leader, former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.

“We met the presidential candidate of Labour Party. We also met with our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. For whatever it is worth, consultation is ongoing.

“Whatever we are talking about is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. It is not parochial and tied to one person or group of persons. We believe that with what is going on, it will be for the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day.

“The only identity they have in this country is religion and ethnicity, nothing more. It’s either, I’m a Christian or I’m a Moslem, I’m a Fulani or I’m an Igbo. Nigeria cannot move forward except they think it will be them. That’s where we are.

“We are in a country where someone with primary school certificate can be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. That tells you how bad this country has become.

“But with our consultation, all these will be a thing of the past. No amount of intimidation or blackmail will deter us. We are determined to right the wrongs.”

Benue State Governor Ortom said the London consultations came about because of their realization that Nigeria was in distress and required concerted efforts to rescue it.

He stated that they had fruitful talks with those they met and it was beyond partisan politics, because well-meaning Nigerians needed to work together in ensuring Nigeria’s survival.

He said: “For us, we are looking at the larger picture. Nigeria today is in distress. It is about what can we do? No man or woman alone can get it right for our country.

“We are looking at how we can harness ideas and put ourselves together to ensure that we get out of the present challenge we are in Nigeria today.

“From top to bottom, consider what has happened from 2015 and where we are today. So, what we are doing is a concern that we have for our country, Nigeria.

“This is beyond partisan politics. We are looking on how we can come together and find a way of ensuring that Nigeria survives. Nigeria is on drip, Nigeria is on oxygen and it is about how can we get out of this?”

On his part, Abia State Governor Ikpeazu said: “This is a country with great potential and we have to protect it well. We think that we need to engage across board.

“We are also looking at speaking with civil society organisations and those who have ideas, with Nigerians in the diaspora. All the resources available in this country have to come together at this time to see how best we can move Nigeria forward.”

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