“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” — John C Maxwell.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike needs no introduction to Nigerians. Maverick, fearless, courageous, pragmatic, articulate and very conscious of his rights and constitutional authority in every situation and circumstance. He has emerged over the years as a modern leader whose all-round capacity and dynamism has astounded and unsettled many.
Governor Wike‘s charismatic mien and outspoken advocacy in the face of perceived marginalisation and criticism of even some activities in his own political party, have positioned him as a true champion of the people and has no doubt, transformed him into one of the most admired and referenced political figure in the country today.
Therefore, when Governor Wike declared his intention to contest the office of the president of Nigeria on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Makurdi, Benue State, after a meeting with PDP stakeholders on Sunday, March 27, 2022, after months of considerable speculations, many of his peers, colleagues and indeed a vast spectrum of the Nigerian populace heaved a huge sigh of relief.
At last, a politician, who already has an excellent track record of delivering landmark and legacy democracy dividends, speaks truth to power fearlessly and understands the suffocating plight and monumental challenges facing Nigeria and Nigerians at the moment, has finally picked up the gauntlet to serve his people with the same result-oriented zeal, commitment, focus and determination he has served his state.
Rivers State is a microcosm of the Nigerian nation – a convergence of diverse ethnic cleavages, a potpourri of multi-sectoral engagements, a bustling existential hub of socio-economic, ethno-religious, post-modern metropolitan enclave, proudly homogeneous, yet admirably accommodating. Governor Wike has successfully woven a reassuring halo of sustainable peace, security, safety around this connundrumatic tapestry to the amazement and genuine applause of Nigerians.
Several important points have defined and propelled Governor Wike‘s declaration to run for the Presidency of Nigeria. They include the issue of security, the adherence to the rule of law, as well as encouraging national restructuring which promotes fiscal federalism and comparative advantage – contentious and potent posers which have continued to resonate loudly with Nigerians and reverberate with alarming consistency across the polity in the last seven years.