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APC chieftain cautions party leaders against associating with Wike

The politician said some APC members were “flocking to Rivers and maintaining unholy alliances with Wike in the name of commissioning projects”.

• September 13, 2022
Blessing Agbomhere, Governor Nyesom Wike
Blessing Agbomhere and Governor Nyesom Wike

Blessing Agbomhere, the South-South Zonal Organising Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), has appealed to the party’s leaders to be wary of associating with opposition party leaders, particularly Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Agbomhere said the frequent visit of APC stalwarts to Rivers and how they have been associating with Mr Wike was worrisome.

“We want to call on APC national leadership to urgently call some party chieftains who are now flocking to Rivers and maintaining unholy alliances with Wike in the name of commissioning projects to order,” he said.

He added that the frequent invitation of APC chieftains to commission projects in Rivers by Mr Wike does not augur well for the expected victory of the party at the state and national level in the 2023 election.

The zonal scribe said the influx of APC chieftains to Rivers could affect the morale of its members in the state while boosting that of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members.

He said the worst aspect of APC chieftain’s visit to Rivers was that they failed to identify with the party’s leadership and members in the state whenever they visited.

“By identifying with an opposition party at this time, such leaders are indirectly de-marketing our great party, especially in a state controlled by the opposition PDP,” he argued.

According to Mr Agbomhere, the influx of such APC chieftains into Rivers discouraged the party members from striving and strategising daily on how to win positions at the 2023 general election.

The party scribe said that Rivers was critical for APC in winning the 2023presidential, governorship and legislative election in the South-South. 

“We cannot afford to promote the policies and projects of an opposition ruling party in a state on the one hand and expect to win elections in that state as an opposition party,” Mr Agbomhere said.

He said although Mr Wike may be criticising Rotimi Amaechi, the former Minister of Transportation, in public, he secretly appreciates his achievements. 

According to Mr Agbomhere, the Rivers governor also appreciates the enviable development strides of Bola Tinubu, the APC 2023 presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, his vice–presidential candidate and President Muhammadu Buhari.

“As a result of our performance, if Wike wants to join the party, he must come in through the front door.

“We will receive him and save him from those he claimed wanted to destroy his political future,” Mr Agbomhere said.

He commended the president for his avowed support for all APC candidates towards winning the 2023 election in every state of the federation.


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