Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), proudly highlighted his party’s growing success and revealed ongoing talks aimed at persuading certain opposition parties to merge with the APC.
Ganduje shared this information on Wednesday while shedding light on the recent visit of Nyesom Wike, a minister-designate and former Governor of Rivers state, to his residence on Tuesday.
When questioned about the possibility of Nyesom Wike joining the APC as a minister in the administration led by President Bola Tinubu, Ganduje indicated that the former Rivers governor is willing to collaborate with the ruling party without necessarily fully aligning himself with it.
He said; “You know Wike is a honourable Minister-designate, so, he came we discussed because I was looking for him to congratulate him for that and also he came to congratulate me and we discussed that when he becomes minister fully, he will work very hard in order to move the ministry he is giving forward and he is ready to cooperate.
“But we didn’t discuss the issue of his coming to APC or not coming to APC. That issue will arise later”.
On his inaugural pledge to expand the membership base of the party, and whether having Wike could boost such chances, he said; “It will certainly improve the chances of this our party, especially in 2027 and not only that we are coming out with a new blueprint to increase the followership of the party and this will include all strata of officials; those who are in APC and those who are in other political parties. I assure you, very soon, some of the political parties will even merge with the APC. We are doing that underground”.
Additionally, Ganduje emphasized that the selection of Wike as a minister was based on the principle of national competency rather than an effort to establish a one-party dominance.
“The spirit of national unity does not mean the spirit of one party in Nigeria. Spirit of national unity means spirit of national competence”, he stated.
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