– Governor Nyesom Wike says he did not nominate Peter Obi as the PDP’s vice presidential candidate for 2019
– He also said that the fact that the vice presidential candidate is coming from the S/East, does not give the zone the sole right to nominate a person
– Wike further opined that a sustainable new minimum wage cannot be achieved until there is a review of the nation’s revenue sharing formula
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state has denied nominating the former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, as the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential election.
Wike issued the denial during an interview on a Channels TV programme, Roadmap 2019.
We gather that he 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.”
Wike also spoke on the agitation for a new minimum wage by Nigerian workers; stating that the review could only be sustained when the nation’s revenue sharing formula was reviewed.
He said: “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. Labor 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.”