- The claim that Governor Nyesom Wike is hoping to get a ministerial appointment from the Atiku Abubakar government should the latter win the 2023 presidential election has been debunked
- Debunking the reports, the governor said he is not interested in becoming a minister as he is not a liability to PDP
- According to the governor, there can only be one person who can serve as a minister for each state in every administration
The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has warned members of the Peoples Democratic Party against making comments that a ministerial position from the party's flag bearer will resolve the crisis between him and Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking while commissioning a new lounge at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Omagwa, Rivers state, the governor said only one person can become a minister from each state across the country in an administration's reign.
Further noting that Rivers state is an asset, Nyesom Wike said he will not accept the position of a minister from Atiku's administration should the latter eventually wins the 2023 presidential election.
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“Only one person can be a minister from a state, I will not be a minister. I will not. I am not a liability, Rivers State is an asset.
“So if you don’t want to win an election, it’s your business. I’m not the one running the election. He who wears the shoes knows where it pinches him.”
Nyesom Wike bigger than a ministerial position?
A source close to Wike's camp within the PDP who spoke to Legit.ng admitted that promising the Rivers state governor that he would be made a minister is more like an insult to his person.
The source said:
"It is insulting to tell Wike to calm down because you think Atiku can promise him a ministerial position in his administration.
"Wike has been a minister of state for education, he even had to step down as a minister to contest for the position of governor which he is handling today, so what are they talking about; He's already too big for that position."
They (Atiku and PDP) know what to do, let them do it and then we can have a decent discussion that can help us move the party forward."
Wike's political career
After serving as a two-term chairman of Obio Akpor local government area of Rivers state, Governor Wike was appointed the minister of state for education on July 14, 2011.
He was later appointed the acting minister of education after Mrs Ruqqayatu was sacked but resigned before finishing his term to campaign for Governor of Rivers state, giving room for a replacement in the person of Viola Onwuliri.
In 2014, he won the Rivers state PDP's primary and chose former secretary to the State Government Ipalibo Banigo as his running mate ahead of the 2015 governorship election in the state. He is currently serving his second tenure as governor of the state.
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Finebone, an ally of the former minister and ex-governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, made the announcement on Friday, August 12.
Since his defection from the APC to the PDP, Finebone has visited Governor Nyesom Wike at his Port Harcourt residence.