In a Strategic Move, APC National Chairman Senator Abdulahi Ganduje Optimistic About Potential Defection of Former Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, Citing Potential Boost for 2027 Prospects”
Addressing the press on Wednesday following a private meeting with former Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, Senator Abdulahi Ganduje, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed his belief that the entry of influential figures like Nyesom Wike, former Governor of Rivers State, into the party’s fold could significantly enhance the party’s prospects in the upcoming 2027 elections.
However, Ganduje was quick to clarify that the recent visit of Nyesom Wike to his residence in Abuja on Monday was not linked to any rumored defection to the ruling party. The National Chairman emphasized that the meeting had a different purpose altogether.
Ganduje stated: “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 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.
“And not only that we are coming out with a new blueprint to increase the followership of the party and this includes 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.”
Earlier, Lalong said he was at the party’s secretariat to congratulate Ganduje and see how to support him in running the party.
He said, “As the national chairman, Ganduje was governor, as a matter of fact, when we look at his antecedents, we always say he is the longest experienced politician that we have within us. Because he is somebody who was very long in the civil service, he became permanent secretary, commissioner, longest serving deputy governor and became governor. So with this kind of experience, what else do you need in party matters.”