Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has kicked against the emergence of a consensus presidential candidate in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The presidential aspirant stated this while reacting to the demand of Northern aspirants in the opposition party that a consensus candidate be adopted for the party.
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, an aspirant of the party, has been spearheading the move, which former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, another aspirant, has accepted.
Speaking in Calabar, the Cross River State capital on Wednesday, the Rivers honcho said he is aversed to the request.
“I am not here for any consensus rubbish,” he explained. “I have told people not to deceive our party members with fake news about consensus. We all believe in consensus, but it must come with equity, justice, and fairness.
“When some of my colleagues led by the former Senate President came to me, I told them I would not fall into the consensus trap. If you want to run for election, please run, and if you are not ready, please go home.
“They want somebody who would come and bow down for them. But what the country needs now is fearless and courageous somebody,” he added.
He also said he was not in the race to negotiate for the position of vice president.
“I am here to introduce myself to you. We have started the process and I have made myself available to people of Cross River. I am running for the President and I am not running for running sake. I will win the party ticket and win the Presidency of this country.
“I am not running to negotiate for Vice President or for anything. I have not collected senate form or any form in case I fail. Some people have sent in their cronies to collect senate forms on their behalf in case there is a consensus.
“I came here for you to see me face to face. Some are sending people to talk to them. I have too much energy and I am ready to go to every nook and cranny of this country. Trust people with energy and I have it,” he concluded.