The All Progressives Congress Party, APC, has reacted to the recent romance of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who has been seen on several occasions meeting with selected Governors of the party and recently invited the Governor of Lagos State, his Ebonyi counterpart, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Babajide Samwolu, Dave Umahi, and Fela Gbajabiamilla, respectively, to the commissioning of projects in the capital of Rivers State, Port Harcourt.
Wike, who remains dissatisfied with the outcome of the PDP Presidential primaries, is reported to be plotting a defection to the APC after rebuffing all reconciliation overtures from the PDP leadership and Presidential Candidate.
According to a source within the APC party leadership, Wike would not be accommodated in the APC because he is a renegade and a loud mouth who cannot be trusted.
Wike’s flirtation with the APC, according to a party chieftain who declined to be identified, will do more harm than good to the party. He warned that he should stay with the PDP, where he claims to be a landlord, and not bring his ruckus into the APC household.
According to the source, Wike, who explored joining the social media based Presidential ambitions of Peter Obi and later, Kwankwaso NNPP, but discovered that both won’t fly in 2023, is now scheming to work with Bola Ahmed Tinubu of APC, against PDP.
I am skeptical of his recent courtship and invitation to our APC governors to commission projects. They must be wary of Wike and not let him shatter the party’s fragile peace. He should stay with the PDP.
We will not disrespect the APC leader in Rivers State, Chibuike Romtimi Amaechi, whom Wike has continued to attack. We owe him respect, and the Rivers State APC party is dedicated to his care and leadership; we cannot afford to lose him due to a traitorous and loquacious Wike.
The party chieftain described Wike as a rabble-rouser and declared him a persona non grata in the APC party.
He asked Wike to remain with his PDP, where he has contributed to the party.
Similarly; APC publicity secretary in Rivers State, Chris Finebone, said Wike was trying to get a safe landing and protection from the party.
Finebone who made the allegation in a statement made available to Daily Pilot in Port Harcourt recently was reacting to a state-wide broadcast by Wike on Sunday night in which he said he obtained intelligence reports that some politicians have started recruiting cultists, ex-convicts and thugs in furtherance of their political aspirations for 2023.
Finebone stated that the governor began the moves when he became convinced that Tinubu would defeat the PDP presidential candidate in the presidential election.
The statement reads in part: “The APC is not surprised because it is a notorious fact already known to many politicians and observers that Governor Wike was thrown into his present panic mode ever since he failed in his desperate attempt to secure the Presidential and later Vice Presidential tickets of his party in order to cover up financial and other atrocities he committed over the past 10 years as Minister of Education and presently governor of Rivers State for two terms ending May 29, 2023.
The APC warned Wike against demolishing hotels and leisure centre belonging to members of the party, saying such action will assume the dimension of an apocalypse of immense proportions.
The statement said: “The APC is not surprised at the threat by Governor Wike. His house (PDP) is crumbling fast right in his face. For obvious reasons, his main men of yesterday have turned political foes today. His entourage has seen faces change over and over again of late.
“We know his threat is essentially directed at his henchmen who have taken their destinies in their own hands and rebelled against the local potentate. Across the State these men have pitched their tent with Wike’s tormentor-in-chief, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“The APC in Rivers State has news for Governor Wike. He is not in any position to demolish the hotel, leisure places or any property of any APC member in Rivers State under any guise whatsoever. This message should sink in adequately. It is absolutely the choice of his party members to let him repeat his jungle justice on them as the world witnessed during the last pandemic high noon.
“The anarchy Wike will bring upon himself should he attempt it against any APC member will assume the dimension of an apocalypse of immense proportions. We hope the governor takes this warning seriously.
“We want the governor to realize that his time is fast winding up. He should accept this fact and not exacerbate his fate as power and immunity depart from him in a matter of months.”