Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has denied rumours that he could run for president again in 2027, stating that he is incapable of running against President Bola Tinubu because he detests betrayal.
Wike stated that he was still dedicated to seeing the Tinubu administration succeed. He recounted how his unwavering pursuit of justice inspired him and five other PDP governors to create the G5, which was formed to advocate for a change in leadership and back Tinubu’s bid for president.
In a Friday interview in Abuja, the minister stated that morality should never be forfeited for political gain.
He said; “Tinubu made me the FCT minister and I won’t allow anybody to crumble our political structure. No!
“Tinubu made me minister, people don’t understand, I have character. What will happen in 2027? I stood and I said I am not going to support injustice. I was threatened that they would do me this and that. They tried many options including using Major Generals.”
On the reported face-off with Governor Siminalayi Fubara of his home state, Rivers, Wike said he did not want to dwell on the matter but later declared that the best test of a person’s character is to give him power and money.
He said; “Give a man power and money, and that is when you will know the person. If you have not given manpower and money don’t say you know the person.
“He may be your friend, he may be your son, sister mother or father. I don’t want to go into that.
“In three months, it is sad for someone to scatter a political structure that supported and brought you up.
You know what is painful? All these allegations, I smile. Who and who sat with him? In all your doings be grateful in your life no matter the circumstance. Nobody who is a gentleman and a politician will support this kind of thing.”
Wike remarked, “I was paying pensioner’s gratuity every month which were not paid by my predecessor,” on his accomplishments as governor of Rivers State. I made Rivers State so important that it became a necessary topic of discussion while discussing politics in Nigeria.
Before I was appointed governor, I was an ordinary minister. I stood up to the current governor, and I beat his nominee. I put a lot of effort into my work.
Speaking about the new criteria for acquiring land in the Territory, particularly the adoption of the Biometric Verification Number (BVN) and National Identity Number (NIN) for obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), the minister stated that the new features were intended to generate money and ensure security.
“There are a lot of discrepancies, a lot of cloning of C-of-Os, so we have come up with an idea that every allottee who seeks and applies for a C-of-O must supply his NIN; this is one of the features we are going to put in the new C-of-O.
“If a corporate body doesn’t have an NIN and they have a property, they must put their BVN. So many persons have not registered, and this will make them go and re-register”, he stated.
Addressing the issue of existing landlords with C-of-Os, Wike stated that they would only be required to pay a nominal fee for recertification.
“For everyone who has a C-of-O, they will come for a recertification, so that we can incorporate the NIN or BVN.
“Those who had a C-of-O before don’t need to pay money again; the highest they can pay is N50,000, and corporate bodies will pay N100,000. It helps in terms of security; it also helps to improve our revenue generation.
“There are people who own seven properties, so this will identify them so they can pay taxes”, he added.