Moves allegedly to convince Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and join the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been resisted by a chieftain of the APC, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze.
Naija News recalls that former Communications Minister Adebayo Shittu, who had described Wike as a tactician, stated that the Rivers State Governor is welcomed to the ruling party.
Shittu, the Director-General of Tinubu-Shettima Coalition for Good Governance, said former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, should be happy Wike is being linked to the party as Wike’s joining the APC is an opportunity for the duo to settle scores and reconcile.
Bride And Hero
In a statement to Naija News on Tuesday, Chukwuemeka Eze described Shittu’s comment as uncomplimentary and disparaging of the personality of the former Transportation Minister.
“Shittu and those he is promoting seem to be ignorant of the gross damages that Governor Nyesom Wike inflicted on Rivers APC and her teeming supporters using public funds and other instruments of state with the help of some saboteurs like Abe and Others,” Eze said.
He said the identities of those who conspired with Wike to ensure the relegation of APC in Rivers State are in the public space, and it appears that all the visits to Wike by allies of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, are to appreciate the Governor for all that he has done to destroy the party in Rivers State.
According to Eze, “For the same Wike to now become a favorite bride and hero capable of being wooed in the eyes of Shittu and his paymasters as the only option that can guarantee the success of APC in 2023 at the detriment of Amaechi whose sacrifices towards the electoral successes of the party in 2015 and 2019 at the federal level cannot be overemphasized.”
‘Wike Damaged Rivers APC’
He warned that in as much as the Amaechi camp will continue to do everything possible for the party and its Presidential candidate to succeed in Rivers State in 2023, it will not tolerate the entrance of Wike into the party, as such scheme represents the direct opposite of what the “progressive party stands for.”
“Those of us in Rivers State APC and the entire Rivers State are all aware of the damages that Wike has caused the party. This plot to woo Wike for any reason whatsoever is a failed plot before arrival,” Eze said.