Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (born 13 December 1967) is a Nigerian lawyer, politician and present Governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers State. He is an Ikwerre from Rumuepirikom in Obio-Akpor, Rivers State, Nigeria. He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party. Wike was appointed minister of state for education on 14 July 2011. He was later appointed the Acting Minister of Education, after Mrs Riqqayatu was sacked but resigned before finishing his term to campaign for Governor of Rivers State. In 2014, he won the Rivers State People’s Democratic Party primary and chose former Secretary to the State Government Ipalibo Banigo as his running mate for Deputy Governor.