By Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis
Former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, 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 met warmly received by the APC chairman.
Viral photographs of the duo posing with some of Wike’s loyalists and chieftains of 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 coming into the party secretariat at about 2.35 pm.
The development is coming barely one week after the president hosted Wike and 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, futile attempts have also been made by top chieftains of the PDP to have Wike expelled from the party over his alleged anti-party activities.
As of the time of filing this report, no official details of their closed-door meeting has been released by the ruling party.
Efforts made to get the reaction of the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party was unsuccessful.
The Director of Publicity for the APC, Bala Ibrahim, however, 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 on the fortune of the party, which is an indirect way of saying he si not ruling any option out. He want to see to it that the party grows from strength to strength. He has come to improve the gains of the party, 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 members of Kano State House of Assembly yesterday to give the state governor all the supports he needs. A man that has such kind of 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 has come with a determination to hit the ground running with néw ideas that will eradicate bitterness in politics. That is exactly what Nigeria needs now. A progressive politics without bitterness,” he stated.