Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said God used him to make the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the state governor in 2007, claiming that the Amaechi said he was next in his life after God.
Meanwhile, Wike said he would not support former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, if he picked the ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress to contest the 2023 Presidential election.
Wike said this in an interview with BBC Pidgin in Port Harcourt, the state capital, monitored by our correspondent.
He said the minister had stated in a church that he (Wike) came next in his life after God and told him to freely choose any position in his government having played a key role in the Amaechi’s emergence as governor.
The governor further said Amaechi wanted to appoint him as commissioner, but that he rejected it to take the position of Chief of Staff.
He said, “I was not close to Amaechi. We were just in the same party and in politics everybody has an ambition. He has his own. I don’t regret that as of that time, we preferred him to be governor. We fought it and God crowned our efforts and he became a governor.
“He is in APC and I am in PDP. So don’t expect me to support what he is doing in APC. He said I was his employee. What he said was not good. God used me to make him the governor. I will give you a tape where Amaechi spoke in church saying after God, I came next. But when he spoke the other day, he said I was his employee. No problem, but an employee that dealt with him here (Rivers State).”
He also explained that the judicial commission indicted the Amaechi-led administration for allegedly wasting N54bn on the abandoned 1.4 kilometer monorail project.
According to him, the minister had challenged his indictment in both Federal High Court and Court of Appeal, and lost the case.
In a separate development, Wike said he would not support former President Goodluck Jonathan if he picked the ticket of the APC to contest the 2023 Presidential election.
Wike while speaking to the BBC pidgin at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Saturday, according to a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri.
“If President Jonathan is given the APC presidential ticket, he knows that I will not support him. I will not engage in anti-party activities. Even if he is from the South, I will not endorse him. What is paramount is my party’s interest,” Wike stated.
He affirmed that if Jonathan secures the PDP presidential ticket, Rivers State would support him.
Wike however said if zoning the PDP presidential ticket to the North would make the party win the 2023 general election, he would support the decision.
He revealed that he would make decision over his political future in July 2022 when he must have completed all the projects started by his administration.
Reacting to Wike’s claims, the spokesman for the APC in Rivers State, Ogbonna Nwuke, said the governor was being economical with the truth.
He said, “I think Wike was a chairman of the council and the man that he claimed he made Governor was responsible for his second tenure as chairman, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.
“On account of Wike’s struggle in Obio-Akpor, the State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, impeached the deputy chairman in order to pave the way for Wike to do a second tenure.
“He (Wike) was appointed Chief of Staff, I was appointed director press and (Magnus) Abe was appointed Secretary to the State Government. That made Wike Amaechi’s employee because as chief of staff, he was answerable directly to the one who appointed him and that person who appointed him then was the governor. Wike did not make Amaechi a governor.”
Crisis: Ogun PDP Factions Reunite, Vow To Reclaim Ogun
The warring factions of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State led by the late Senator Buruji Kashamu and a former House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu, have resolved their differences and reunited.
After over a decade of crisis and court orders, loyalists of both Kashamu and Adebutu who are the two major factions on Wednesday, reunited and bowed to reclaim the state in the coming 2023 elections.
The factions met during a reunion meeting held at the party secretariat in Abeokuta.
The leaders of the two factions resolved to work together towards strengthening the party for the 2023 elections.
Leading the Kashamu faction, Segun Seriki, declared that the party will henceforth operate under Sikirullahi Ogundele-led executive of the PDP, thereby collapsing the other faction which paraded Samson Bamgbose as the Chairman.
He expressed regret that the crisis had robbed off PDP the chances of returning to power since 2011 when the party was defeated upon expiration of Gbenga Daniel’s tenure.
Seriki called on party members to be committed to the reunion and work towards rebuilding the party for victory in the 2023 election.
Bamgbose applauded the leaders of the party for achieving reconciliation of the warring factions of the PDP.
He asked the PDP leaders and supporters to be ready for the battle to unseat the ruling party in 2023.
He said “We are going to the battlefront. We must be ready and win.”
The party Chairman, Sikirullahi Ogundele, said the reunion marked the beginning of a new relationship that would drive the party to power in 2023.
He said, “I am happy that the PDP of 2003 is now back. We are now together in harmony, looking forward to having a united PDP in Ogun State.
“We are going to get back our mandate from the misrule of the APC, a party that has no blueprint.
“They just wake up in the morning and embark on any project that comes to their head. They give water or road where not needed.
The PDP is the best party so far and we are winning in 2023.”
A former spokesperson to former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, and Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, expressed happiness over the reunion of the factions.
Okupe, however, cautioned leaders in the party that “there will still be a fight, there cannot be equality. Disagreement is not disloyalty, if we don’t disagree, we can’t agree to move forward. There is a way to go about everything.”
Adebutu in his remarks enjoined party members to work in harmony, adding that the party has come as the alternative choice.
He said, “The people of Ogun State need a platform to rescue them, the PDP has come to rescue Ogun residents and Nigerians from the sufferings by the APC.”
Bisoye Fagade Takes Lagelu By Storm, Unfolds Plans For Oyo Development
Abisoye Fagade, the 47-year-old Nigerian marketing communication professional, is a man of many parts.
And if words on the streets of Ibadan are anything to go by, Fagade has his eyes fixed on two goals, his hospitality outfit, and politics. While his hospitality outfit, Alexia’s Place, situated in a serene environment in the Opebi area of Ikeja has continued to grow steam since its inception, the founder and CEO of Sodium Brand Solutions has been closing ranks in the Oyo state All Progressive Congress.
Fagade became popular in Oyo state politics when he made his entrance many years ago with the slogan, Oyo si ma dun (Oyo will be great) and now, the astute professional seems ready to return to politics.
To show he has his eyes fixed on the ball, Fagade was recently spotted in the Lagelu area of Oyo state where he began the process of reincarnating Lagelu in Oyo State politics. Fagade returned to his constituency to listen to his constituents and begin strategy towards taking Oyo state to an enviable height.
Speaking at a grand reception organised in his honour by the APC leadership of the party, Fagade said, “I must state here that I have personally taken up the gauntlet to join other well-meaning citizens in promoting the ideas of Progressive politics which we are known for in this part of the country.
The project has since commenced as we have done a lot to alleviate the suffering of the people, especially at the grassroots through the ‘Oyo Si Maa Dun’ Foundation.
I’m using this avenue to prepare our minds and encourage all of us to remain optimistic about the future of our dear state and that of our fatherland- Nigeria.
Jerry Gana Laments As He Returns To PDP After 3 Years
Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has alleged that there is no government in Nigeria.
Gana said this when he, alongside many of his supporters, returned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday.
In March 2018, Gana, a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, had dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party.
But addressing the party members in Bida, Niger State, during a reception to mark his return to the party, Gana said the country is nose-diving and needs urgent rescue.
Prof. Gana said, “Today is not a day for lecture. It is not a day for campaigns. We just want to rejoice that we are back together solidly; and we are going to work together solidly, that we are going to work together effectively, that we are going to campaign powerfully.
“I tell you, we are going to go around strategically, in such a way that the All Progressives Congress (APC) so called government, whether in Niger state; is there a Government in Niger State? Because many people are not aware, or at the Centre? At federal level, we don’t even have a Government.”
Earlier, Party leaders from across the three Senatorial zones assured the party faithful that the PDP is ready to take over Niger and salvage it from the “deflated state that it is under the ruling APC”
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