Dele Momodu, the Director of Strategic Communications for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, expressed that had he possessed the authority, he would have ousted Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Momodu made this statement during an appearance on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm program, where he accused Wike of undermining the party, stating, “I lack the power, but if I did, I would have dismissed him (Wike) a while ago.” Nevertheless, Momodu did not object to Wike’s ministerial appointment by President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Asked why he would fire the former Rivers State governor from the party, Momodu replied, “Such and unruly person who wants to destroy our party? One individual cannot hold everybody to ransom. If we fought the military, we fought the military in this country, Tinubu was part of those who fought the military in this country, and then you will now allow a civilian dictatorship?”
In the lead-up to the 2023 elections, Nyesom Wike, along with four other former governors who constituted the G-5 within the PDP, withdrew their endorsement of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, due to a disagreement over power-sharing within the PDP.
Afterward, the former Rivers governor openly supported the eventual election winner, Tinubu, who, in turn, acknowledged this support by appointing him as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Several PDP members, including Dele Momodu, have called for Wike’s expulsion from the party. However, during a recent appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today, the minister challenged the party’s leadership to either suspend or take disciplinary action against him.
“Who will discipline me? I should be the one calling for the discipline of these people who violated the party’s constitution, in the way that the party supported rotation.
“Who will suspend me? I want to dare anybody,” Wike said.
He stated that he had notified the PDP leadership before accepting President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial offer within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wike emphasized that despite his role within the APC government, he still retained his position as a PDP leader, expressing his desire to lend his support to Asiwaju Tinubu in completing his tenure successfully.
He firmly maintained that he had no reason to apologize for backing the idea of power shifting to southern Nigeria.
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