Again, Wike Poaches Amaehi’s Powerful Ally, Drafts Him Into His Cabinet
- Governor Nyesom Wike has presented 18 nominees for his cabinet to the state parliament for screening and approval
- New decampee and former APC spokesperson in Rivers state, Chris Finebone was also included in the list
- All nominees are expected to be screened on Tuesday, October 25 and are also expected a list of documents as the screening criteria
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Rivers, Port Harcourt - Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has submitted a nomination list for appointment into his cabinet to the state parliament for approval.
According to PMNews, no fewer than 18 names were submitted to the state parliament for screening on Tuesday, October 25.
However, the highlight of the list is the inclusion of the immediate past spokesperson of the Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chris Finebone.
Legit.ng gathered that Finebone was an ally of the former minister of transportation and ex-governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi.
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Finebone was said to have been a strong critic of Governor Wike, but upon defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he said:
“Governor Wike is always misunderstood. Coming close to him, you find out that he’s a man with a large heart”.
According to Stanford Oba, the clerk of the Rivers state parliament said, the 18 nominees are expected to undergo screening before the parliament on Tuesday, October 25.
Some of the names enlisted as nominees for the executive council of the Rivers state governor include Austin Ben Chioma, Uchechukwu Nwafor, Fred Barivule Kpakol, Emenike Oke, Prince Ohia, Kaniye Ebeku, Ezekiel Agri, Ukiel Oyaghiri, Damiete Herbert Horsfall and Hon Emeka Onowu.
Others include Princewill Chike, Jacobson Nbina, Ndubuisi Okere, Inime Aguma, Charles Amadi, Tonye Oniyinde Briggs, Ben Daminabo, and Chris Finebone.
All 18 nominees for screening at the state parliament are expected to present 35 copies of their credentials to the clerk’s office.
Meanwhile, all nominees must also submit an original copy of their tax clearance certificate as part of the screening process.
2023 election: PDP loses thousands of members to APC in a powerful northern state
Meanwhile, PDP members in their hundreds have joined the APC in Sokoto state, expressing commitment to work for the victory of the broom party in the 2023 poll.
The defection is coming a few months before the 2023 general elections in a state considered to be one of the strongholds of the umbrella party.
The APC made the disclosure in a statement signed by Bashar Abubakar, the special adviser to Senator Aliyu Wamako, APC Sokoto north.