Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said Nigeria is in a coma under the current government.
He said only his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was capable of salvaging the country from its current situation.
This is also as former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido declared that he has the capacity to revive the fortunes of the country which he said had declined.
They spoke separately at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday when the Mr Lamido visited to inform Governor Wike of his intention to vie for the position of the President.
Governor Wike said that the APC was a party of strangers with no knowledge of the intricacies of development.
“If you decamp to the APC, you are no longer corrupt. APC is a party of daylight deceit.
“I am happy that one of those who left to bring a messiah, have realised that the so-called messiah they brought is no longer the messiah Nigerians expect. PDP is the only hope for Nigeria”, Governor Wike told Lamido.
The governor noted that though the PDP made mistakes in the past, the Party is the only platform with the commitment and patriotism to take the country out of the current situation.
The governor described Lamido as a committed and consistent PDP member who is courageous and has the capacity to confront the APC.
He, however, urged all presidential aspirants to accept the verdict of the Party at the end of the primary.
Also speaking, Mr. Lamido agreed with Mr. Wike adding that he is presenting himself to take over in 2019 because the nation deserves to move forward.
He said: “I want to run because I feel I can do it. I have the pedigree. We stand to fight for democracy and the restoration of Nigeria”.