Wike’s Appointment: Rivers APC Disputes Nyesom Wike’s Role in Party’s Growth. In a surprising turn of events, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has come forward to challenge the widely held notion that former Governor Nyesom Wike played a significant role in the party’s remarkable growth. Contrary to the prevailing belief, the state chapter of the APC is asserting that Wike’s influence on the party’s rise has been greatly exaggerated.
Rivers APC’s Publicity Secretary, Darlington Nwauju, took to the national airwaves yesterday to express the party’s viewpoint. Nwauju adamantly stated that President Bola Tinubu’s decision to reward Nyesom Wike with a ministerial position was fundamentally unfair, considering the actual contributors to the party’s expansion.
Nwauju highlighted the crucial role played by loyal party members, many of whom had made ultimate sacrifices in their quest to establish a robust party structure. He emphasized that the growth of the APC in Rivers State was rooted in the tireless efforts of these dedicated members and party technocrats.
The spokesperson pointed out that the party’s growth trajectory had followed a steady and organic path since its inception in 2014. He challenged the notion that Wike’s governorship on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket significantly contributed to the APC’s progress.
“From 2015 to 2019, our growth stood at 23.8%, effectively narrowing the gap from the 2015 presidential elections. The subsequent 2023 presidential election saw an additional 80,881 votes in favor of the APC. The question we raise is this: Can Wike truly claim credit for aiding the Rivers APC with just 80,881 votes, especially when our growth has been consistent since 2019?” Nwauju questioned.
The Rivers APC representatives also took aim at those singing praises for Nyesom Wike’s supposed contributions. They demanded a reckoning for the 1,487,075 votes the PDP garnered in the 2015 elections out of the 2,537,590 registered voters in the state, as well as the 472,971 votes Wike secured for the PDP in the 2019 presidential election from the 3,215,273 registered voters.
“Can an outsider effectively take control of a dominant national ruling party in a state based on a mere claim of contributing 80,881 votes? Where is the concrete evidence to support such a claim?” Nwauju challenged.
As the debate over Nyesom Wike’s role in the APC’s growth gains momentum, political analysts are eagerly awaiting responses from both sides to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the intricate dynamics at play.