All Nigeria Latest News reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State dismissed Senator Dino Melaye’s purported governorship ambition, asserting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member lacks the qualifications to contest for the governorship of Kogi State.
The governor disclose this during a live media chat with selected journalists in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
He said, “Why would Kogi people say they would vote for a candidate like Dino? Are we joking?
“When you give Dino that ticket, you know he won’t win in Kogi State,” Wike said during the parley.
Wike emphasized that simply being from a particular place does not guarantee electoral success, highlighting the importance of qualifications beyond geographical origin when contesting an election.
“Dino does not have what it takes [to be a governor] for crying out loud,” Wike maintained.
“He knows me very well. He does not have what it takes to be a governor.”
The governor added that if the PDP gives the ticket to Melaye, the party is doomed to lose the exercise.
He said, “Does it mean now that if the PDP wants to win the election, it would give the ticket to Dino and you say tomorrow that you were rigged when you have already killed yourself?” he wondered.
“Are we saying that we want to win an election or just have a candidate?” he added.
Wike said he won’t campaign for the PDP if the party gives its governorship ticket to the former Kogi lawmaker.
When asked if he would campaign for the main opposition party if Dino wins the ticket, Wike said, “Do you need to ask me that kind of question? Are you not aware that I would not do that?”
Accusing the PDP leadership of trying to “manipulate” the process in favour of Melaye, Wike said, “Why are you trying to manipulate this in favour of one aspirant?”