JUST IN: PDP Reacts to Rumours of Tinubu ‘Appointing’ Wike as Minister

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to rumours suggesting that the former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, might be considered for a ministerial appointment by President Bola Tinubu.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that speculations arose due to Wike’s frequent visits to the Aso Rock Villa since the inception of the new federal government under President Tinubu.

Wike’s recent visit to the presidential villa has sparked speculations about his potential appointment as a minister under Tinubu’s government.

Weeks ago, Wike stated, “Tinubu has not informed me about getting an appointment. I am not too big to serve my country, but he has never told me that he would give me an appointment. If he asks me, the first thing I will do is to ask my wife and friends what they think about it.”

Nevertheless, in a recent interview with Punch, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, clarified that the party has not received any information about Wike’s intentions to serve in Tinubu’s government. He emphasised that the PDP is a party of process and democracy, and its members are aware of the party’s beliefs.

Ologunagba stated, “Whether we are approached or not, the PDP is a party of process and a truly democratic party. But let me say this, our members are conscious of what the party believes in. They are aware that we are in court, and they will be guided appropriately. They know the right thing to do and the consequences of not doing the right thing.”

Regarding the possibility of PDP members serving in Tinubu’s administration, Ologunagba explained, “Until we are approached, the party cannot give you an official statement or reaction. I speak for this party and I know what the PDP stands for. Whatever I tell you now will not be important because we have not been approached, and we are not aware that any of our members have been approached either.”

He also highlighted the need for a credible electoral process, stating, “You can’t come up with appointments across the board in the name of a government of national unity. National unity based on fraud and illegality? You can’t build something on nothing and expect it to stand.”

Ologunagba added, “Let that (PDP members’ acceptance to serve in the APC government) happen first, and we will know what to do. In the event that this happens, which is a possibility, we will react appropriately. But what if it doesn’t happen?”

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