- blames Bukola Saraki and Atiku Abubakar for PDP's defeat in 2015.
The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has declared interest in the 2023 presidential election.
Wike said he has the capacity, and only he could unseat the All Progressives Congress from power.
The Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party made the declaration on Sunday during a meeting with the Benue State chapter of the PDP in Makurdi.
"To remove APC from power, I'm the person who can tell them 'enough is enough.' We must take this power and I'm ready to take it for PDP. God is with us that's why APC keeps failing daily.
"I am declaring it (presidential ambition) for the first time in Benue. I'm going to run for election," the governor said.
He urged voters to give their votes to him instead of selling them, adding that some of the PDP aspirants were only after power for personal gains.
Wike was taking a jibe at Bukola Saraki and Atiku Abubakar who had since returned to the PDP and had also declared their intentions to run for the office in 2023.
The Governor accused the duo of being responsible for the 2015 PDP's defeat, adding that, though they are founding fathers, they have lost their shares when they left.
"I stood for this party. I have worked for this party since 1998. I have nowhere to run to and that's why anything that happens to this party I take it personally. I have never relented," Wike said.
He added, "In 2015, those who ran away made us lose the election. Today, they are crying but some of us stood and said PDP will not die.
"Some people want to use Nigeria to buy back their personal business. They talk about the private sector - let them mention the private business that had survived.
"Is it banks that your father had? Everybody is an employer of labour; even in my house, I have 50 people who feed on me. They should stop deceiving us."
Wike said he would speak the truth to power and "nothing but the truth," "I have the capacity to move this country forward."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.