Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has confirmed that his team held fruitful discussions with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu as part of consultations for a better Nigeria.
He was in the company of Governors Samuel Ortom(Benue) and Okezie Ikpeazu(Abia).
Wike said their consultations were beyond partisan politics, adding that they were only interested in a better country.
He said topmost on their agenda during the London meeting was changing the fortunes of the country explaining that all was not well with 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 the Labour Party. We also met with our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. For whatever it’s 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.”
Wike decried the situation where standard, training, and competence had always been traded for mediocrity.
The Governor said leadership should not be about one individual and the interest of his family, but the collective interest of everybody.
He said: “Consultation is still ongoing. Never mind some people who do not believe in the existence of this country.
“Leadership is not about you and your family. Leadership is about everybody.
Unfortunately, we are in a country now where a man finishes eight years as a governor and brings his son as a governor too and as a member of the National Assembly.
“It’s only in this part of the world that you can see that when we are talking about poverty everywhere. These are people who do not mean well for this Nigeria.”