Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike Promise Never To Defect To APC

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Current Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has emphasised that he will never defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC), calling his two former commissioners who defected as political neophytes with slippery character.

Wike called two former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members, John Bazia and Michael West, who recently decamped to APC in the state, political neophytes with slippery character.

This was disclosed in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, saying the two men, who served as commissioners in his cabinet during his first tenure, became disgruntled because he did not retain them.

He, however, accused PDP’s National Working Committee (NWC) of sowing seed of discord among PDP governors and jeopardising the party’s prospect to clinch the Presidency in 2023.

Wike, who stated this in a live television programme in Port Harcourt, on Friday, said it was regrettable that instead of capitalising on the inefficiency and maladministration that has characterised the APC’s five years in power, PDP’s NWC was deepening cracks in the party, The Guardian reports.

The governor said because he lacks the ability to defect to the APC or another political party, he would continue to do what he can to ensure the survival of the PDP.

He stated, “I will not allow anybody to kill PDP. They have capacity to move to APC. I don’t and I cannot move to APC. So, anybody that tries to do something to destroy PDP, I will not allow you. Anybody that I see that has the trait to destroy the PDP, I will not allow it.”

Speaking on the defection of the two former commissioners, the governor said their decision to decamp to the APC was of no political consequence, because they were politically irrelevant, adding, “What are the qualities of people that defected? The two people, Michael West and John Bazia, who knew them in my cabinet? Have you ever heard them speak on behalf of PDP before? Have you ever heard them speak on behalf of our administration?

“You knew the position of Chidi Llyod when he was in APC. Ask the former commissioner of Transport (West), he contested PDP primaries with me and got only three votes, but because of politics of carrying everybody along and the money he spent, I decided to accommodate him. Ask him his contribution to the administration.”

The governor explained that during his first tenure, he almost sacked West as a commissioner for taking 13 luxurious buses belonging to the state government to Calabar for a spiritual programme and also diverting funds generated by the taskforce on transport into his personal accounts.

The governor said the reason presented by West for his resignation from the PDP was that they didn’t allow him to supervise his ward executive committee of the party.