Governor Nyesm Wike of Rivers State has said he had never asked for the presidency to be given to him on a platter of gold.
He said things don’t usually work well when people are given things on a platter of gold, citing President Muhammadu Buhari.
Wike made this known when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Monday, where he spoke about his presidential ambition.
He said, “I’ve never one day said I want it on a platter of gold, never! In fact, when you give people things on a platter of gold, it doesn’t work well.
“Power is not given. Nobody is going to give you presidential power on a platter of gold.
“Take for example, President Buhari, people were saying, ‘give it to him, give it to him, he’s the messiah,’ now look at what happens….
“That period they came to deceive Nigerians that ‘this is the only man who can solve the problems, this is the only man who has the key to Nigeria becoming one of the greatest countries’ and Nigerians were deceived and we all bought it. Now, look at where we are today. They told Nigerians ‘if you don’t elect General Buhari, there’ll be no Nigeria again…”
Wike also stated that there is no controversy concerning his certificates and credentials, buttressing that he can name those who were his seat-mates while he was in the university.
This is as he claimed to have attended the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State and the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
The former Minister said, “As I speak to you now, I can tell you who was my seat-mate from year one, year two, year three, year four in the University of Port Harcourt and who was my seat-mate in the Rivers State University.”
“I’ve never had any controversy concerning my certificate. The schools I attended, nobody can say, ‘let’s go and ask’.
“And as I came for my youth service, I served in the former Gongola State …So I can tell you who my colleagues were as corpers,” he added.