Former Commissioner for Power and coordinator of the now-defunct Tinubu/Shettima Grassroot Independent Campaign Council in Rivers State, Augustine Wokocha, has refuted allegations that former governor Nyesom Wike supported President Bola Tinubu during the February 25 presidential election.
Wokocha stated that Wike was invited to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) but emphasized that the party’s leader in the state remained former Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
While Wike did not openly campaign for Tinubu, reports suggested he urged his supporters to work for the APC. Speculations are now circulating that the President may offer Wike a position, given his multiple visits to the villa after the inauguration.
During a news briefing in Port Harcourt, former Chief of Staff at the state Government House, Chief Tony Okocha, called on Wike to defect to the APC and lead the party in the state. However, Wokocha responded by stating that Okocha’s claim of Wike solely delivering the state to Tinubu in the last election and deserving a reward was untrue.
Wokocha emphasized that the victory of Bola Tinubu in Rivers State was not solely attributable to one individual but rather a result of the collective votes of over 200,000 people from the state. He asserted that Wike did not actively seek support for the President and did not direct his people to vote for him.
Although Wokocha did not oppose Wike’s potential move to the APC, he clarified that the party already had a leader and did not require another. He welcomed Wike joining the party but criticized the idea of him taking over the party, highlighting the previous animosity between Wike and the APC.
Wokocha emphasized that Amaechi remained the party leader in the state, and Tinubu’s accomplishments would be recognized if he received an appointment. However, he cautioned against anyone taking credit for achievements that were not theirs or making false claims, aiming to prevent misleading the state’s people.
In other news, the state governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, inaugurated Dr. Tammy Danagogo as the Secretary to the State Government and Chidi Amadi as the Chief of Staff at the Government House. Dr. Adaeze Oreh was also sworn in as a commissioner in the Government House.
Governor Fubara emphasized the importance of success and urged the newly sworn-in officials to be fair in their dealings.