On Tuesday, former Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike paid a solidarity visit to the new National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, at his private residence in Abuja.
Wike, one of the 45 ministers-designate of President Bola Tinubu, was warmly received by the APC chairman.
Viral photographs of the duo posing with some of Wike’s loyalists and chieftains of the Rivers chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on social media has fuelled rumour of a possible defection to the ruling APC.
Hours after hosting the minister-designate and his delegation, Ganduje was spotted entering the party secretariat at about 2.35 pm.
The development is barely one week after the president hosted Wike and the former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, at the State House in Abuja.
The two ministerial nominees were screened by the Senate two weeks ago. While Wike successfully scaled through, El-Rufai’s confirmation was delayed leading to his eventual withdrawal.
In recent times, top chieftains of the PDP have also made futile attempts to have Wike expelled from the party over his alleged anti-party activities.
As of this report’s filing, the ruling party has released no official details of their closed-door meeting.
Efforts made to get the reaction of the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party was unsuccessful. However, the Director of Publicity for the APC, Bala Ibrahim, didn’t see anything wrong with the visit.
“You can see from what the national chairman said yesterday (at the meeting of former deputy governors) that he wants to improve the party’s fortune, which is an indirect way of saying he is not ruling any option out. He intends to see that the party grows from strength to strength. He has come to improve the party’s gains, especially now that we are some isolated (off-season) gubernatorial elections in some states.
“He is not too far from operating an open-door policy per se. You also heard how he encouraged the visiting 14 the Kano State House of Assembly members yesterday to give the state governor all the support he needs. A man with such disposition is not opposed to reconciliation and cross-carpeting from the other side to his side. I think that shows maturity in politics.
“Ganduje is not an antagonistic. He is determined to hit the ground running with new ideas that will eradicate political bitterness. That is exactly what Nigeria needs now. A progressive politics without malice,” he stated.
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