I’m in Abuja as FCT governor but interested in Rivers political structure: Wike

ABUJA- FCT minister Nyesom Wike says despite his political appointment in Abuja by the APC government, he is keenly interested in the political structure of the PDP in Rivers and will fight tooth and nail against politicians attempting to dismantle it.

Mr Wike stated this when a delegation of Rivers caucus in the 10th National Assembly comprising three senators and 11 members of the House of Representatives visited him in Abuja.

There was a crisis in Rivers after an attempt by the Rivers parliament to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

“I was a governor for eight years. I am now FCT Minister, and some will say that I am asking for 25 per cent. That is madness. I am not interested in the governance of Rivers,” said Mr Wike. “I am not interested. I am here as a governor in FCT, but I am interested in the political structure of Rivers, which we have built over the years.”

The former governor warned, “If anybody dares to bring it down, the person will face the crisis he wants in his life. Perform or don’t perform, but don’t touch our political structure. Anybody who puts his hand in our structure, anything you see, take it.”

Mr Wike urged members of the caucus not to disappoint the state but to work as a team for the good of the people of Rivers.

“When you make mistakes, we will call you and tell you that you are making a mistake. Take it in good faith that we are calling your attention because we think that you are derailing. But when we call you, don’t say we are expecting a kickback of 25 per cent from you or so and so per cent,” the FCT minister explained.

He added, “All of us are one. We’ve built this political structure for a long time, since 2015, and we have emerged victorious. As the opposition party from 2015, I saw hell. The federal government fought me left, right, and centre, but with your support, we survived. When you work as a team, you’ll discover that it is difficult for an outsider to defeat you at home.”

Earlier, Kinsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers), Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, who spoke on behalf of the delegation, said that the visit was to identify with the minister.

Mr Chinda, representing the Obio/Akpor federal constituency, added that the visit also thanked Wike for his support during the 2023 general elections.

He added that he played a key role in their emergence as lawmakers in the National Assembly and that Mr Wike’s appointment was well deserved, condemned the political crisis in the state and declared their total support for Mr Wike. (NAN)

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