Campaign posters bearing the name and pictures of Governor Nyesom Wike have surfaced in parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Our source sighted the posters that are in two types in Abuja on Monday morning.
They were posted in strategic locations on the popular Herbert Macaulay Way in the Central Business District of the FCT.
The posters were seen pasted on the fence of a building that served as the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Office in 2015 and 2019.
Some others were seen posted close to the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and also opposite the Nigeria Defence College popularly called War College.
One of the posters bears the picture of the governor in the traditional South-South wear with a bowler hat to match, while he was dressed in a Northern outfit with a cap to match in the second poster.
There has been speculation that Wike may be considering a joint presidential ticket with his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal, for the 2023 election.
Tambuwal, who is also serving his second and final term as the governor of the Northern state on the platform of the PDP was one of those invited by Wike to inaugurate some projects in his state recently.
He contested for the PDP’s presidential ticket for the 2019 general election and lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Tambuwal enjoyed Wike’s support for that primary election held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
Wike had also last week pledged a donation of N500m to victims of the market fire in Sokoto State.
The pledge attracted criticism to the governor from a cross section of Rivers people and social critics.
Meanwhile recall that the presidential posters of Transportation Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Elrufai had in September 2020 also surfaced in parts of Abuja.
Meanwhile the Rivers State Government says the posters are handiwork of mischief makers who are threatened by Wike’s rising political profile.
The government in a statement by the Information Commissioner, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim said the governor has not informed anyone that he is interested in the Presidency of the country.