Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has said he won’t follow the footsteps of ex-chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The likes of the major opposition’s erstwhile BOT member, Joy Emordi, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi, ex-Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode among others have decamped to the ruling party with rumour rife that some others are in line to follow suit.
Wike at the official inauguration of the Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria Police Protection Unit comprising 68 flats and other facilities built in Port Harcourt by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Tuesday counted himself out of jumping on the bandwagon in an exchange he had with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio who set the tone saying, “I will not join others to lobby you(Wike) to the APC. We have enough problems in the APC already.
“Because you are not yet in APC, I won’t call you a performing Governor. When you come over to the APC, I will call you a performing Governor.”
The firebrand governor retorted: “I thought we came to inaugurate this project. I didn’t know Akpabio will turn it into a political campaign. I prefer to stay where there is malaria to where there is cancer. Malaria is treatable but cancer at the fourth stage is not treatable. I don’t want to die now.”