Some of Governor Nyesom Wike’s trusted political allies have started pitching tent with the opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers state.
This is happening at a time when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is preparing to face the electorates once again in rerun elections following the massive nullification of federal and state legislative elections by the Court of Appeal.
The latest member of Governor Wike’s ‘kitchen cabinet’ to jump ship is Ndubuisi Nwankwo, who was only last month appointed as member of the governing council of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers state by the same governor.
Nwankwo, who led 87 leaders of the PDP in Omuma local government area of Rivers state to the APC on Sunday was a onetime commissioner for energy and natural resources during Dr Peter Odili’s administration.
The former PDP man and other members of the party were received by Asita O Asita, the deputy governorship candidate of the APC and praised them for their courage to make the shift as the PDP was no longer capable of leading Nigeria to the expected destination.
Similarly, Chief Matthew Aleru, a stalwart of the PDP in Ikwerre local government area and former managing director of the Niger Delta Development
Basin Authority has decamped for APC.
In a similar fashion, Igochukwu Dim who ran for the Emohua/Ikwerre federal constituency seat under the PDP has moved with his teeming supporters to the APC.
Some weeks back, Chief Bekinbo Soberekon, a chieftain of the PDP, a two-time governorship aspirant who contested in the governorship primaries with Wike and others walked into the state secretariat of the APC to register and obtain a membership card.
The continued movement of some leaders of the PDP into the APC in Rivers state despite the avalanche of appointments recently released by Governor Wike, may be a fulfillment of an initial statement by the governorship candidate of the APC, Dr Dakuku Peterside, who claimed that 50% of the people Wike is appointing into various offices were already talking with his party on how to dump the PDP.
As at the last count, the governor had appointed about 30 Special Advisers and 24 commissioners.
Some of the Special Advisers yet to be assigned portfolios are already grumbling over “floating appointments”.
Only yesterday, reports emerged that the 344 workers of the KenSaro Wiwa Polytechnic Bori, who were sacked by Governor Wike on assumption of office, have dragged the Rivers state government to court for illegal termination of appointment.