Wike ready to join APC? Rivers governor reveals final decision
- The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has reiterated that he has no plan to leave the PDP for the APC
- Wike said he remains an unrepentant member of the PDP despite the crisis rocking the party ahead of the 2023 general elections
- Nevertheless, the Rivers state governor revealed why he admired the APC governors whom he described as heroes of Nigeria
Port Harcourt, Rivers state – Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has dismissed the speculations that he is planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Rivers state governor said he remains an unrepentant member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) though he is impressed by the APC’s support for a power shift to the south.
A statement released on Governor Wike’s Facebook page indicates that he said this at the 114th Quarterly General Meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt on Monday, February 20.
“I am not a member of APC and will not be. But, they have made me to recognise that they are the heroes of this country.
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“APC governors came out to say for the unity of this country, presidency should go to the south,” he said.
APC governors prioritise Nigeria’s unity – Wike
Speaking further, Governor Wike said the APC governors said they want the unity of Nigeria and therefore backed the presidency shift to the south.
“They could have as well said no, it doesn’t matter. As governors we have the number. We can still say it should remain where it should remain. But they didn’t do that,” he said.
Nevertheless, the Rivers governor reiterated that he is not leaving the PDP.
“I am a member of PDP, unrepentant who in fact built this party when people ran away.” he added.
Victor Michael said:
“We warned Wike when he was romancing Tambuwal. Today Wike is humbled. Wike is not bold enough to name the person he want his people to vote for.”
Agbenimusule Paul Anake said:
“This goes a long way to say that he has forgotten the vow he made during the PDP presidential primaries. Where is integrity in public service, when public office holders are not able to keep the vows they made in the public.”
Emmanuel Braide said:
“First it would have been abnormal for APC to zone the presidency to the north after Buhari’s 8yrs in office. My question is would you have still supported another party if u were made the running mate to Atiku?
“If the PDP in the south wants to be sincere like they are claiming, they would have micro zoned the presidency to the south-southeast. That zone has never produced a president before.”
Edward Chigozie Stanley said:
“Confusion everywhere. You’ll not join APC, but you have instructed your foot soldiers to vote APC. You’ve failed.
“Wike’s selfishness is the reason why PDP did not zone presidency to South. PDP had wanted to zone the ticket to South, on the ground that it would be micro zoned to South East, but no, he refused. Now he is ranting up and down explaining to even his enemies.
“All Obidients in Rivers State, should prepare to Vote against Wike’s candidate.”
2023 presidency: Wike dismisses chances of reconciling with Atiku
In another report, Governor Wike dismissed the possibility of an alignment with Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP.
The Rivers state governor made his position known on Thursday, February 16, during a media parley at his residence in Port Harcourt, monitored by Legit.ng.
He stated that neither he nor any members of the G-5 group would entertain a sit down with the party’s flagbearer, noting that it was too late to have a conversation to reach a truce.