Nyesom Wike, the new FCT minister and ex-governor of Rivers State, has revealed roles of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leadership in his appointment by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and President Bola Tinubu.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, August 21, shortly after he was sworn-in, Wike disclosed that he wrote to the PDP national chairman and other opposition stakeholders to inform them about his appointment. He said they all responded to his letter.
According to him, the PDP leaders, including his successor in Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara, agreed that he should accept the position. He then urged the public to forget about the propaganda online.
Recall that Wike led the G5 governors, a group within the PDP that openly challenged the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The G-5, which comprise four former governors – Samuel Ortom (Benue), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Ugwuany (Enugui, Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and the current governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde.
The group came into existence after the PDP presidential primaries, where former Vice President, Atiku, defeated Wike and others to become the party’s presidential candidate.
The G-5, led by Wike, demanded the resignation of the former PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to pave the way for a southerner to lead the party to achieve a “regional balance”. While making the demands, they openly opposed Atiku and refused to campaign for him.
In addition, Wike, on several occasions, admitted to working with the APC during the presidential election, which Tinubu won in River state.
There are reports that the main opposition party is making moves to expel or suspend Wike. A meeting was reportedly held by some anti-Wike elements in the PDP over the weekend in Abuja to decide on the fate of the former governor.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had in February issued an ex perte order against the PDP from expelling Mr Wike from the party.
However, in a verdict in May, the judge, James Omotosho, ruled that the party, PDP, has the power to suspend or expel Mr. Wike if the party’s constitution is followed.