According to Patrick Tonye-Cole, the All Progressives Congress candidate for governor of Rivers State in 2023, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has the final word on who will be nominated as a minister from the state.
On Tuesday, while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm, Tonye-Cole addressed rumors that Peoples Democratic Party member and former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is a potential candidate for a ministerial position.
He claimed that regardless of the president’s choice, Wike will not lead the APC in Rivers State.
Rivers APC members, he said, are among of the most loyal in the country and should not be forgotten by President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
The President has the right to choose the players and the nature of the situation he wishes to create.
As president, he may decide, “Hey, you know what? Let me create a government that seems to be a unity government, to bring people from different political parties and all that.” This could be something to think about.
“Perhaps there is this notion that he brought about, and I must reward him. I made a bargain with him, so now I owe him something. Perhaps this is what is going on.
Now, whatever the president’s reasoning may be for doing so, I won’t challenge it.
Instead, we’ll make sure he doesn’t win the APC in Rivers State by any means necessary. He elaborated
When asked about the possibility of Wike defecting to the APC, Tonye-Cole said he “highly doubts” that Wike will do so and that all of Wike’s actions are focused on the elections in 2027 and 2031.
There is no question in my mind that Nyesom Wike is seriously considering a run for president or vice president in the future.
“So, it’s all part of his own calculation as to where he’s going and what he wants to do,” he explained.