The North Central APC Forum, operating under the banner of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has issued a strong caution to Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), admonishing him against taking actions that could be detrimental to the interests of both the party and the North Central region.
Chairman of the Forum, Alhaji Saleh Mandung Zazzaga, delivered this message in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, following an emergency meeting convened to evaluate election tribunal judgments and the overall performance of the APC.
Zazzaga emphasized the necessity for collective efforts to secure favorable outcomes for the party in various legal proceedings, be it at the tribunal, appeal, or the Supreme Court.
He expressed concerns over reports indicating that certain appointive officeholders, such as Wike, were allegedly engaged in dual political affiliations. While holding an appointment within the APC, they remained members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Zazzaga urged Wike to unequivocally declare his allegiance to one party and cease any actions conflicting with the interests of the APC. He cautioned that if Wike’s actions were found contrary to the APC’s objectives, the Forum would not hesitate to initiate legal actions against him.
Highlighting Wike’s role as an appointive official within the APC and his reputation as a formidable political-legal advocate, Zazzaga stressed the importance of Wike’s active support for APC candidates in court proceedings, particularly within the North-Central Region.
Additionally, Zazzaga warned Wike against utilizing his position as FCT Minister to advance his alleged 2027 presidential ambitions, emphasizing that the Forum would closely monitor his loyalty to the nation, the APC, and President Bola Tinubu before any self-serving strategies.
The Chairman advised Wike to exercise caution in implementing policies related to FCT demolitions, land revocations, and other administrative decisions that might have adverse consequences, as the North Central region could be disproportionately affected.
He said: “We gathered he is still backing the PDP in many of their endeavors and activities, particularly in the post-election cases in the court.
“It is high time Wike comes out clean and takes a stand on the party he really belongs to; otherwise, should his actions run contrary to that of the APC’s interest, they will not hesitate to initiate several actions against him, including legal action.
“As someone who is holding an appointive position of the APC, a Lawyer by profession, and someone reputed for doggedly fighting political-legal battles right from Rivers State, he (Wike) should come out strong and be seen to be supporting and strategizing for victory for the candidates of the APC in the courts, at least in the North-Central Region, under which the FCT falls,” he said.
Acknowledging the region’s existing challenges, including security concerns, Zazzaga appealed for unity among APC leaders, supporters, and members in supporting candidates pursuing legal post-election matters.
Furthermore, he called upon all Nigerians to rally behind key figures like Tinubu, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, ministers, and appointive officials to enable them to excel in their roles and deliver the benefits of democracy to the nation.