Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared that he is tired of being a governor and won’t contest again even if the constitution permits a third term.
The governor made this known on Tuesday while receiving his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Wike said: “Nobody can be more than the state. So, for me, I want total peace in Rivers state. All of us should come back, wherever you are, whether in the federal or local government, come and work for the interest of the state.
“I’ll not be governor forever. I only have four more years. After the four years, I’ve gone. The constitution does not allow for third term. Even if it does, bye bye, I’m tired. I’ll not.
“I used to tell my wife every day whenever I wake up, I say thank God, you never can tell the next day, what will happen. And any day I have an opportunity like this, I’ll speak my mind. I am not afraid, nobody has a monopoly to take my life. I will die the day God says I will die.
“Elections have come and gone. We have no other state other than Rivers state. I owe this state a lot, if I die today, I’ll not be buried in Lagos neither will I be buried in Abuja. My house is in Rivers. I am [sic] unrepentable Rivers man. I stood on the altar of God and I said bygone is bygone. Some people do not believe it, I want to assure them I’m not like them. I cannot stand on the altar of God and make a statement and go back.”