The alliance between President Bola Tinubu and former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has left the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a state of confusion. This alliance, which began during the presidential election, has raised questions about the future of both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Wike, a prominent figure in the PDP, had been appointed by President Tinubu, a move seen as compensation for Wike’s role during the election. However, Wike’s political stance remains unclear, and this uncertainty has created challenges for both parties in the state.
Wike has vehemently declared that he cannot be suspended by the PDP and has taken legal action to protect his position within the party. While the court ruled that the PDP has the right to suspend or expel him in accordance with the law, no action has been taken against him yet, leaving the PDP in a difficult situation.
In the Rivers APC, prominent figures like former Governor Chibuike Amaechi and others have been sidelined, and Wike is believed to have influence within a faction of the APC that cooperated with the PDP during the last election.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, emphasized that political parties are larger than individuals and expressed his disinterest in commenting on the alliance between Wike and Tinubu.
Darlington Nwauju, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Rivers State, focused on the need for President Tinubu to consider members of the party when making appointments, highlighting the party’s sacrifices in the face of opposition in the state.
While the political landscape in Rivers State remains uncertain, the parties involved are grappling with the challenges posed by the Tinubu-Wike alliance.
In this evolving political scenario, the future of the APC, PDP, and the dynamics within Rivers State politics are all under scrutiny.