The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has expressed his commitment to remain a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Wike made the vow while holding a meeting with the PDP Governors Forum in his office in Abuja on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.
Premium Politics reported that following the political crisis in Rivers State on Sunday night and Monday morning, the PDP governors paid the former governor a courtesy visit on Wednesday.
Wike, during the meeting, assured the governors that he is still a member of the main opposition party, adding that he was in the FCT to help President Bola Tinubu achieve his Renewed Hope Agenda.
The PDP Governors Forum led by its chairman, Senator Bala Muhammed, thanked Tinubu for appointing Wike as the FCT minister.
While speaking during the meeting, Wike also applauded Tinubu’s efforts to resolve the political crisis in Rivers State.
He said, “I commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and also the PDP Governors’ Forum for stepping in to resolve the issues. It takes mature minds to be able to do that.”
The minister, however, accused his critics of being behind the issues in the state and vowed that he would not be intimidated by propaganda on social media, noting that such would not dissuade him from doing what is right.
He however commended the forum for the visit and assured that he would continue to work for the president to realize his agenda to renew the hope of the citizenry.
In his part, Senator Mohammed commended the appointment of Wike as the FCT Minister by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying it was a demonstration of the president’s bipartisan leadership style in the country
Mohammed, who was also once an FCT Minister, said, “At the risk of being accused of flattery, we appreciate Mr President and Nyesom Wike. Again, giving him this office at the FCT, which is like a state, even though he is still one of us as a PDP member, has shown the kind of leadership that Mr President has.”
Mohammed who said Wike’s antecedents made him deserving of recognition by the president, urged the FCT Minister to continue to dispense his onerous responsibility to the President, assuring that the PDP was fully in support of his God-given bipartisan responsibility
He said, “We are proud of this dual and multifarious position that you have assumed. You are growing in your pedigree. Even though you contested elections with me at the primaries, I know your pedigree has risen very high. We are sure you are going to make positive contributions to the growth and development of the country, especially at this level, given your antecedents in Rivers State.”
Commenting on the political situation in Rivers State, Mohammed, who described the issues as a family affair of the PDP, said they have been resolved by the party, adding that Rivers State is an important economic enclave of the country, hence the interest of the president and all stakeholders in resolving the issues.
He further commended the minister’s maturity in the face of the crisis, while applauding his immense contributions to the growth of Rivers State and the PDP.
Other members present at the meeting were Governors Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State, Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State and Kefas Agbu of Taraba State.