- Governor Nyesom Wike has been accused by of lobbying to join the All Progressives Congress
- The allegation was made by major stakeholders of the APC drawn from the 20 wards of Port Harcourt City council area
- The party leaders made the allegation during a press briefing after their crucial meeting in the Rivers state capital
Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state have accused Governor Nyesom Wike of desperately lobbying to join their party.
According to the APC leaders, Wike's move to join the party is due to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar not allowing him to take over the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The leaders are major stakeholders of the APC drawn from the 20 wards of Port Harcourt City council area (PHALGA).
The party leaders made the allegation during a press briefing after their crucial meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
They also described Igo Aguma, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, who hails from Ward 2 of PHALGA, as a foot-soldier of Wike in the APC.
The APC leaders said in a six-page communique Aguma has nothing to offer the APC, describing him as a desperate politician.
They further alleged that the recent insubordination of the former federal lawmaker is being sponsored by Governor Wike to destabilise the APC.
Governor Wike is yet to officially respond to the allegations since they were made.nThe Rivers has been rather vocal against his own party in recent times.
It is not clear if the governor's grievances with his party are enough for him to contemplate decamping to the APC.
The governor's verbal attacks on the APC over the years are well documented and there is no love lost between him and his political rival, Chibuike Rotimi Amechi, a former governor of the state and serving minister.
Many say should Governor Wike decamp, it might just be the end for the PDP, as the Rivers governor is one of the party's strongest voice and financial backer.
Some Nigerians on social media have been reacting to the allegation. One Kunle Cole wrote on Twitter: “From when Wike was in Amaechi's political family he always wanted to be the leader and Ikwerre number 1, Wike never likes having a master reason he hated the return of Saraki and Atiku, Wike cannot come to APC and be under anyone he wants to be at the forefront so I doubt this.”
Nwamadu Ndukaku wrote: “Some APC members should hide their faces in shame to open their mouth telling me that Wike wants to join APC. Wike joining is just like the devil or Satan shouting praise the lord on Sunday morning.”
Jide Ako wrote: “APC took people like Akpabio, so we know it’s a matter of time for Wike. APC will be too happy to have rivers state as an APC state.”
Meanwhile, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has waded into the disagreement between Governors Wike and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.
Both governors had exchanged words recently over resources and other political issues.
Having noted the issues, the PDP said it has activated the party's internal reconciliation mechanism to settle the matter amicably.
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