SOME members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Executive Committee have confirmed the claim by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, that he notified the party’s leadership before accepting to serve in President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Ibrahim Abdullahi, and a source who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the claim to PUNCH.
Wike, a former governor of Rivers State, said upon assumption of office as a minister a few weeks ago that he sought the approval of key leaders of the PDP before accepting the offer from an All Progressives Congress-led government.
Responding to accusations that his decision to work for the APC government was a betrayal of his loyalty to his party, the PDP, Wike stated, “They said they will sanction me that I took an appointment. That’s ridiculous. The President wrote to all the 36 state governors to bring names of people to appoint. Didn’t PDP governors submit names?
“Before this appointment came, I wrote to the (PDP) National Chairman. I wrote to the minority leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate. I wrote to the zonal chairman of the party and my state chairman.
“I wrote to my governor and all of them wrote me back and said ‘accept.’ I have my evidence documented. Forget these reggae dancers. I call them reggae dancers because when you have lost your opportunity, you have lost because of arrogance and impunity.”