Wike Visits Ganduje Amid Defection Rumours Nyesom Wike, Minister-designate and immediate-past governor of Rivers State, on Tuesday, paid what has been described as a congratulatory visit to the new national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Gnaduje, at his residence in Abuja.
This is coming just as there were insinuations that Wike, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was planning to defect to the ruling APC.
The rumor of defection is being fueled by the remarks from Wike’s successor, Governor Simi Fubara of Rivers State, shortly after he assumed office on May 29, in which he enjoined Wike not to abandon him if he ends up in the ruling party
“While we are seeing signs that it’s like you want to go over to the other side with everybody wishing that, please don’t be too far from me because I know that the sharks, the tigers are really around looking for what to hurt. So, being around would continue to guide and put my head straight for the purpose of this state,” Fubara stated during a Thanksgiving service organized in Wike’s honour.
Wike’s emergence as minister-designate did not come as a surprise, as not a few Nigerians believe that it was the fulfillment of a political IOU after working for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu against his party’s candidate at the 2023 presidential poll.