Wike Speaks On Dumping PDP For APC Over Zoning
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has made his stand known again on speculations that he will dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) before the 2023 general election.
GoldenNewsNg gathered that Wike is leading a group of five aggrieved PDP governors (G5), including himself, to wage war against their party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the party’s national leadership over zoning of the presidency to the Southern part of the country.
The G5 governors are also against having Iyorchia Ayu, a northerner, remain the party’s national chairman. The PDP chieftain has, on several occasions, shown alignment with the presidential candidate of the APC, Bola Tinubu.
Wike’s moves have since stirred speculations that he may join the ruling party in the face of the 2023 election.
However, on Monday, at the 114th quarterly general meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt, Wike reiterated that he would not join the ruling party despite its stance on zoning the presidency to the south.
Wike described the insinuations of his proposed defection as speculative, reiterating that he remained an unrepentant member of the PDP.
The Rivers State Governor informed the council ahead of Saturday’s presidential election that he would be voting for only the candidate that could guarantee the country’s unity.
Wike said, “I am not a member of the APC, and I will not be. But they have made me recognize that they are the heroes of this country.
“The governors came out to say look, for the unity of this country, the presidency should go to the south. The governors of the APC said the way the country is, they want the unity of this country, and therefore, the presidency should go to the south.
“They could have as well said no, it doesn’t matter. As governors, we have the number. We can still say it should remain where it should remain. But they didn’t do that.
“They said the way we are seeing this country we want everybody to be together.
“Let no one say because I have the population; therefore, you will continue to dominate. In dominating, you need peace; without peace, you cannot govern.”
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