A former Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against expelling Nyesom Wike.
Wike, a chieftain of the PDP, worked against the party in the 2023 presidential election and has since been appointed as a member of President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet.
Despite the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister’s alleged anti-party activities, Fayose is warning the PDP against going after the former Rivers State governor.
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“Some people say fight Wike, expel Wike, sack Wike. I think they do that at their own peril. You see, the first thing in your family even when you have extreme situations, or indifferences, is not to drive away your wife or husband. Wike is a force in the PDP and beyond PDP, a force you cannot ignore,” he said on Channels Television’s Hard Copy, a prerecorded show that airs Friday nights.
“Ignore Wike, sack Wike, or fight Wike at your own peril. He is a man of capacity,” he said.
According to him, the PDP needs to unite members and work to restore the party which came second in this year’s presidential election.
Fayose reiterated the need for the southern part of Nigeria to produce the president, saying it could have been unfair for the northern region to have done so. In spite of his stance against the PDP which featured Atiku Abubakar – from the northern region – as its candidate for the poll, the former governor does not want to join another party.
“The moment I am not in the PDP, I would never join another political party,” he said. “And I would never be a member of the APC – not whether they are good or bad.”
Away from Nigerian politics, Fayose spoke about the recent wave of coups in Africa, attributing it to a sit-tight syndrome.
Even though The PDP chieftain hates military incursion into politics, he is “very happy” with developments in Gabon after soldiers seized power in the oil-rich Central African nation.
“In a country where one man is spending 30, 40 years, they must boot him out of the place,” he maintained.
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