Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that Nyesom Wike, former governor of Rivers State, will be a positive addition that will increase the likelihood of the ruling party winning the 2027 presidential election.
The former governor of Kano state made the disclosure while revealing the purpose of Wike’s visit to him, announcing that apart from Wike joining the party, he is also exploring the possibility of ensuring that other parties merge with the ruling party.
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Ganduje stated that the former governor of Rivers promised him that he would work very hard to advance whichever ministry he is giving to, and that he is willing to work with him.
According to Ganduje, “You know Wike is a Minister designate. So, he came, we discussed because I was looking for him to congratulate him for that and also he came to congratulate me. We discussed and he assured me that when he becomes Minister fully, he will work very hard in order to move the ministry he is giving forward and he is ready to cooperate.”
When asked if they had discussed the possibility of him joining the APC, he responded: “His joining the APC will certainly improve the chances of this our party, especially in 2027. Not only that, but we are also releasing a new strategy to increase the party’s supporter base, and this includes all levels of officials, both those who are in the APC and those who are in other political parties.
“I assure you very soon some of the political parties will even merge with the APC. We are doing that underground. Many thought Wike’s nomination was in the spirit of government of national unity, but the spirit of national unity does not mean the spirit of one party in Nigeria. Spirit of national unity means spirit of national competence and spirit of national capacity,” he said.
The 73-year-old politician, however, denied discussing anything concerning the purported defection of the former Rivers State governor to the ruling APC.
He said, “We would discuss that when he becomes minister fully, but we didn’t discuss the issue of his coming to APC or not coming to APC. That issue will arise later.”