The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has confirmed that he and his colleagues in the G-5 group of aggrieved governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have entered into agreement to work for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Presidential Flag-bearers.
Wike spoke to the BBC after a marathon meeting with APC Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and top party officials in London.
According to him, the immediate assignment now is for the G-5 to meet with the leadership of the APC in the South under the guidance of former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi; and the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege.
Below is excerpts from Wike's interview with the BBC: "I have instructed my colleagues in the G-5, the only party that can win the 2023 Presidency is All Progressives Congress APC, and we must do everything possible to approach the Southern Nigeria Leadership of the party under my immediate past successor and boss, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and the Deputy Senate President, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Ovie Omo-Agege, to fine-tune all arrangements for that. We have met with the APC Presidential Candidate, Ahmed Bola Tinubu. He directed that we officially defect from the PDP to APC, which is a very impossible idea at the moment since some of my colleagues are having PDP Tickets. I personally told Tinubu to allow us stay in PDP and do the job, and after 2023 victory, I will collapse every remnant of PDP under my faction in Nigeria, beginning with Rivers State. On my Governorship Candidate Sim Fubara, all I have to say is, let APC win the Presidency and National Assembly first, that should be our priority as Rivers people for now. As to the rumour that we have endorsed Labour Party Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, you should understand that we are talking about Presidency of Nigeria, not Traders' Union nor Anambra Governorship election here..." Excerpts from Gov. Nyesom Wike's address to BBC Africa in London, 28th December, 2022, after the G-5 Meeting With APC Presidential Candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.