Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said he would not impose any governorship aspirant of his choice on the people of Rivers come 2023.
Wike gave the assurance in a statement issued by Mr Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant on Media, in Port Harcourt.
Wike however said that he is obliged to ensure that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins the 2023 governorship election in Rivers.
“One mistake I will not make is to impose somebody. From my experience as a student of history, reality has shown that it is difficult for you to say Joseph is the man I can trust.
”Until you give somebody power and money, that is only when you will know whether that person is trustworthy or not,” he said.
Wike stated that God would not allow someone who will destroy all the remarkable progress the state had made over the years to be the next governor.
”God will ensure that it is only someone who is courageous, firm and ready to protect the interest of Rivers that will succeed me.
“Rivers is a state that so many people have an interest in. It is a state that you have to put your feet on the ground. It is a state that you have to annoy a lot of Nigerians and a lot of Nigerians will hate you.
“But what is important is for you to know is what is good for your people and stand for your people. Do not allow personal interest to sway you against the interest of your people,” Wike stated.