By G9ija

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 polls, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, possesses the qualities required to rule Nigeria.

Governor Wike spoke when he received Asiwaju Tinubu at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

This was shortly after the campaign of the APC in Rivers State on Wednesday.

The Rivers State Governor, however, told Tinubu to stop the funding the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State for the upcoming general election, Tonye Cole.

He said this would amount to waste of fund as he stands no chance against the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Siminaliayi Fubura.

Wike said: “I have no apology to anybody to say nobody born of a woman can intimidate me.

“You have never changed party one day.

“That tells of your character and courage and that is what we require in this country.

“But let me advice you: Don’t spend any more money on your governorship candidate here (Rivers).”

Wike castigated the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for lacking character.

He said Abubakar had switched political parties several times and was not a promise keeper in the agreement to let the chairmanship of the PDP go to the South after winning the presidential ticket.

On the Central Bank of Nigeria currency redesign, Wike said: “Governor of CBN is disrespecting Supreme Court.

“Where has it happened in democracy?

“Supreme Court say do not do this and everybody is folding hands, begging CBN to obey Supreme Court.

“If the Supreme Court is not to be obeyed, what are you telling the people?”

Speaking earlier, Tinubu had told Wike that they were two political leaders of a kind in being fearless, consistent in character, law-abiding and not changing political platform against the odds.

He said: “You never advocated division or breakup of our country.

“All your advocacy is about sharing of the cake we bake together.

“We are here to campaign on the philosophy you brought about when you said let power shift to the South.

“I do not want to abuse anybody.

“I’m not here (Government House) to campaign.

“It is because of your character, your belief and faith that when we came to Port Harcourt to campaign, we said we must pay you a courtesy visit.”