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Politics of Monday, 1 August 2022


Wike denies defection as he meets PDP govs

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and the APC governrs Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and the APC governrs

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has denied any rumors of defecting from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) despite his anger at his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP chieftain made this clear in a meeting with some governors of the party and a few party members in a closed-door meeting at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja.

The reason for the meeting despite not certain might be connected to the internal crisis that has engulfed the party.

Recall that Wike since he was sidelined as the party's vice presidential candidate has since lashed out at the leadership of the party, stating in an interview that Atiku Abubakar lied against him.

He had also described some of their party’s chieftains as ‘attack dogs’ of Atiku.

Recall how an aggrieved Mr Wike refused to congratulate the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, after he emerged the vice-presidential candidate.

The governor also reportedly ignored efforts made by Atiku and his team to see him – a move Mr Wike described as untrue.

He, however, said Atiku did not send anyone to speak to him.

He further said the idea of setting up a committee was only being seen in the media and insisted that he would remain in the PDP and help rebuild the party.

Present at Sunday’s meeting were Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

Some former governors present were Donald Duke of Cross River State, Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Ibrahim Idris of Kogi State, and Jonah Jang of Plateau State.

Mr Wike’s meeting with the governors occurred barely 24 hours after he met with former Secretary General of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The duo, though members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), are currently angry at the party and its leadership for choosing to run with a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

They have vowed to use their “PVCs and prayers” to resist the move by the APC.

Their meeting with the Rivers State governor comes amid speculations that he (Wike) has joined the APC.


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