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Presidential Polls: I Owe Nobody an Apology For Supporting Power Shift To The South -Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, has stated that he owed no one an apology for his support for the rotation of power to the south following the eight-year tenure of the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is from Katsina State in the North-West region.

Wike, speaking at the inauguration of the Chokocho-Igbodo Road in Rivers State's Etche Local Government Area, said he did not criticize the Labour Party's (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, or his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Bola Tinubu, in the recently concluded February 25 presidential election because he is a "apostle" of power shift to Nigeria's southern region.

The Rivers governor also praised the people for voting a southern President in the just-concluded elections.

According to him, Section 7(3)(c) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) constitution recognized zoning and rotational presidency, but the party's leadership violated party norms.

"I owe no apologies to anyone. I am one of the apostles, one of those who firmly believe that power must shift to the South. This is in the name of equity, fairness, and justice.

"I don't care whether you voted for Labour or not. I have no problem with you voting for the APC. That is what we have argued: that the north has had it for the past eight years. As a result, the south must stay for eight years," Wike explained.

"As far as I am concerned, anybody from south, that is my position. That is what we agreed in the Integrity Group: we must ensure that the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria comes from the south.

"Every time I ran for office, no one ever heard me criticize Obi. I've never heard someone disparage Asiwaju. Nobody owes me an apology because folks voted for a southern president."

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