Governor Wike may not be talking in the open as he is used to, but close associates around him say the man has withdrawn to his strategy room where plans for 2023 are being hatched.
Faced with what looks like a plot to give absolute control of the PDP machinery to Atiku Abubakar who was the party’s presidential candidate in the last elections, Wike and other like minds are gradually coming to the conclusion that leaving the party might be the next thing to do.
Our sources reveal that two options are on the table at the moment.
The first, according to what we have gathered, is the plot to empty into the APC.
To do this, Wike requires assurances that he, instead of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, would be given control of party apparatus in the APC.
The second plot is to work secretly for the emergence of the “third force”, a brand new party which may draw members from both the PDP and the APC.
Wike has been reportedly in touch with Senator Ahmed Tinubu, the acclaimed leader of the APC as well as the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
He is believed to have equally established contact with Senator Ovie Omo Agege who came from Labour to clinch the position of Deputy Senate President.
At home, Wike has succeeded in creating an alliance with a dissident group led by Senator Magnus Abe.
Acting together as a team, both men denied the APC of the opportunity to field candidates.
Despite what looks like the existence of a conspiracy theory, both men continue to deny allegations which suggest such a collaboration.
Wike once claimed he had never met Abe, but the facts which are largely in the open do not support the claim.
Senator Barry Mpigi before defecting to the PDP had urged Rivers people to thank both Abe and Wike for keeping Rivers safe.
It was probably the initial indication that both men may come to an agreement to work together.
For Wike who would probably make a good chess player (there is no sign that he plays the game), intensifying his bid to join the APC is something insiders say he is not giving to chance.
Governors of the PDP visited him last after the Port Harcourt Telegraph revealed his intention to leave the party.
Wike has remained headstrong and his conditions for staying on the PDP has not been met
Siding with Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State in the National Convention which produced Atiku was Wike’s encounter with reality.
Not only did Atiku win, Atiku won in Wike’s backyard. It was a slap Wike is yet to forget, going by streams of information that are coming from close associates.
Wike has a joker. That Joker is former President Goodluck Jonathan. Wike has remained loyal to him.
Both men are accused of working in cahoots to stop Douye Diri, candidate of the PDP from winning the Bayelsa gubernatorial election.
Asari Dokubo, a sympathiser of the PDP last year accused Wike of spending N5 billion to ensure APC’s victory.
The Governor is yet to deny it.
Jonathan is believed to be the only one capable of making a deal across the political aisle.
He has the respect of President Muhammadu Buhari, at least on paper, and analysts reckon this may count when the time comes.
Jonathan, not Wike has the key in the South South and a move to the APC by the former President might bring down the roof on the PDP in the geopolitical region.
Wike’s apologists, especially within the APC, are rather parading the governor’s alleged support for the APC in Bayelsa State as one of the reasons why he should be welcome into the party.
In the background, Wike weaves his political basket and plots to hijack the leadership of the APC in Rivers.
As things are, the man is gradually grabbing all the strong men who surrounded Abe in the beginning.
Armed with carrots that Abe may not be able to provide, Abe might wake up one morning only to realize that Wike and not himself might be the one calling the shots.
Wike’s only obstacle is Rotimi Amaechi, his former boss, who despite the governor’s ceaseless schemes watches him from a spy glass.
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