Kola Ologbondiyan, erstwhile national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Wednesday, said Gov Nysome Wike of Rivers State would not ditch the Peoples Democratic Party for any other party.
The former PDP scribe stated this during a programme on the AriseTV, tagged ‘The Morning Show’.
Wike’s faith in the PDP has been tacit since the emergence of Alh Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the PDP. Wike’s stance is that it is the turn of the southern zone of the country to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023. Wike came second in the primaries, and was coasting to victory until Sokoto governor conceded to Atiku, and asked his supporters to cast their votes to the former VP.
Ologbodiyan said, “Governor Nyesom Wike is savvier politically to put the life of his own political machinery into an arrangement that will stop its candidates from winning elections.
“I know it as a fact that Governor Samuel Ortom is contesting for Senate in Benue and the Senate and presidential elections come up on the same day and same time.”
“Governor Ikpeazu has senatorial interest too. So, you think that they would sit down as politicians and seed out that out to a party that they don’t have conviction about its performance? That is not the way politicians do their thing.
“Wike is at liberty to associate with the opposition. It is until Governor Wike picks APC or other political parties’ membership cards then we can conclude he has left PDP. Until then, he remains a member of PDP.
“For us in the party, what is important is how we will win the 2023 elections. What is important to us as a party is how we will relieve Nigerians from the burden of APC and President Muhammdu Buhari.
“There is much hysteria in the public space over what Governor Wike is doing. But there are ways that politics works and there are things that you see in politics that hardly border you.
“There are interests that are stronger than what you see in public. What is strange about Governor Wike inviting people from the opposition parties to come and commission projects? He once invited Senator Ali Ndume and Senator Rochas Okorocha. In all these, there were no issues about if Governor Wike was going to APC.
“The discussion then was that he was trying to attract these people to come and join the PDP. So, he has not done something far from what he has been doing before. You talked about Peter Obi going to Rivers State and hobnobbing with PDP governors and Wike. We must recall that prior to that meeting, Peter Odili celebrated his 74th birthday and people were there, so it is not strange.
“It won’t be a surprise if Peter Obi on his own considers it necessary to meet Wike because Obi is looking for votes and he can go to anybody. That is what politicians do when they are looking for votes.”