The choice of a political platform and Governor Nyesom Wike’s avowed commitment to the survival of the PDP may separate the Rivers strong man from the former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
Jonathan is believed to have done everything humanly possible to ensure that Rivers State fell to the PDP in 2015 after he lost in a popular election to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking to the BBC, the Rivers Governor declared that he would not support former President Goodluck Jonathan if he crosses over to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
This would not be the first time Wike would utter such a statement when confronted with questions pertaining to the aspirations of political big fishes from the South South.
The Governor had taken up a similar position months ago when he was asked if he would back the Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi if he were to secure a presidential ticket in 2023.
Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi… Wike unwilling to support him if he clinches presidential ticket.
Wike had said on that occasion that he would only do so if Amaechi would change his mind about the APC and run the presidential race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Exchanging views with the BBC, Wike remarked, “When you said pick ticket, from which party? Is it APC or PDP?”
“To pick ticket means you’re representing the interest of a party. I’m in PDP and I will not be involved in anti-party activities.
“If he is APC, I won’t support him because I’m not into that kind of politics.
“It is not about ethnicity for me, but about the party. If he joins APC I can’t support him.”
The Port Harcourt Telegraph several weeks ago reported that the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan would not again support Governor Wike.
Wike’s comments affirms that he and the former president may have gone their separate ways long ago.
When Jonathan attended the burial of Late Chief Lulu Briggs in Abonnema, he did not do so in the company of the Rivers Governor who ought to have played host.
Analysts who spoke to the Telegraph said they found it a bit odd that both men who worked together, one as the president and the other as minister, arrived the venue of the burial at different times.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan,.. Will not receive Wike’s support
For now, the APC is reaping bountifully from the farmlands of the PDP and internal wrangling within the former ruling party hasn’t helped matters.
With Femi Fani-Kayode who was denied ever having anything to do with the APC in the kitty, national attention has turned in the direction of the former President.
Former President Jonathan has dismissed media reports that he has an intention to join the APC.
But Fani-Kayode’s recent volte face has left many guessing that anything is possible.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo once abandoned the PDP for the APC. If Jonathan were to leave the PDP for the APC, it would be nothing new.
The Sahara Reporters has reported that President Muhammadu Buhari Presidency had started courting Jonathan since 2020.
It quotes a source as saying that a cabal within the Presidency wants to make Jonathan the next president.
The report claims Jonathan would be unable to investigate atrocities committed by Buhari’s regime.
Jonathan may have to watch it. War is looming and a section of the press is getting ready to strike.
We have learnt that materials from unlikely sources are being gathered in some quarters.
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