- Some powerful APC chieftains believe that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers is key in building a new Nigeria
- One of those who share this conviction is Yakubu Dogara, a former speaker of the House of Representatives
- Dogara said this after paying a visit to the Wike in Port Harcourt on Saturday, July 30, in the company of Babachir Lawal (Ex-SGF)
Rivers - Governor Nyesom Wike on Saturday, July 30, got some important visitors from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Those who paid the Rivers governor a visit in his Port Harcourt residence on Saturday were former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal and Ex-speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Channels TV reports.
Dogara and Lawal are among APC chieftains who are vehemently working against the ruling party's Muslim-Muslim ticket ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking on their mission, Lawal said he and Dogara visited Wike in fulfillment of a Biblical injunction to visit one another.
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“We came to visit our brother. He is our brother and every now and then the bible enjoins you to visit one another. That’s what we have just done.”
“There are many things that in the world for which you need to visit a brother, so there is nothing to do with our meeting in Abuja."
However, on his part, Dogara noted that in the search for an inclusive Nigeria, Wike is indispensable and fits into the collective vision.
“Everyone agrees with us that Governor Wike is one of those indispensable political leaders."
“And for us, it is a search to build an all-inclusive Nigeria. So we feel that as part of the agenda-setting, we should meet with him and that’s the reason why we are here.”
We'll work against Muslim-Muslim ticket, powerful APC Chieftains vow, names revealed
Among APC chieftains who gave their voice against the Tinubu-Shettima arrangement on Friday, July 29, during an APC northern leaders summit in Abuja were Lawal and Dogara.
Others who were also present at the meeting were Senator Elisha Abbo and Solomon Dalung, a former minister of youth and sport.
During the summit, Dogara cautioned northern Christians not to surrender to the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the ruling APC, adding that the choice of the ruling party will promote injustice, and inequality and will work against the collective vision of unity in Nigeria.