By Hannah Nathan, Warri
Dr. Salihu Lukman, a former National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the North-West, has accused the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) of engaging in dishonest politics by forcing Rivers State to dissolve.
According to a reliable source, the APC NWC last week declared the dissolution of the party’s Rivers State Executives at all levels and named a seven-member Caretaker Committee headed by Chief Tony Okocha to oversee party operations in the state for the ensuing half-year.
A statement titled “End of Progressive Politics,” released on Monday, Lukman also charged that Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the party’s national chairman, and President Bola Tinu had established “Garrison Politics” within the organization.
According to the party chieftain, this suggests that the NWC is getting ready for Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to take over as the party’s next head.
Lukman recalled that on Thursday, October 6, 2023, Okocha, who was alleged to be a political ally and supporter of Wike, led a delegation of Wike’s supporters on a courtesy visit to the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Abdulahi Ganduje. There, he claimed that Rotimi Ameachi had conspired with President Bola Tinubu during the previous election.
He pointed out that even in the absence of those accusations, it was well known that President Asiwaju Tinubu’s lack of willingness to collaborate with Amaechi and numerous other APC presidential candidates for the 2023 elections had caused them to lose ground.
“Given all these APC developments, it is very evident that the NWC decision, dissolving the party’s Rivers State Executives at all levels, is setting the stage for Barr. Wike to emerge as the new APC leader in Rivers State,” he stated.
“By assuming the role of Caretaker Chairman, Chief Okocha—rumored to be Barr. Wike’s political ally—means that all of the newly appointed APC executives, at all levels in Rivers State is going to be Barr. fans of Wike. This is Rivers State’s nasty politics in action”.