Bayelsa 2023: APC NWC announces Wike as member Campaign Committee

In preparation for the forthcoming governorship elections on November 11th in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states, the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by Abdullahi Ganduje, has established three National Campaign Councils.

These councils are tasked with orchestrating campaign efforts and strategies to secure victories in the respective states. In a notable development, Nyesom Wike, a member of the opposing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and currently serving as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has found a place within the 123- member Campaign Council for Bayelsa state.

This inclusion adds an intriguing dimension to the political landscape, emphasizing the intricacies of cross- party alliances in Nigerian politics.

Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has been entrusted with the responsibility of chairing the Bayelsa Campaign Council. His counterpart, Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River state, will oversee the 138- member Imo Campaign Council. Additionally, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state has been chosen to lead the 135- member council for Kogi state.

The composition of these campaign councils reflects a diverse blend of influential political figures from various regions and affiliations. In the case of the Kogi Campaign Council, there will be three co- chairmen: Governors Babajide Sanwo- Olu of Lagos, Umar Bago of Niger, and Uba Sani of Kaduna.

The Imo Campaign Council will have as its co- chairmen Ebonyi state Governor Francis Nwifuru, Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu, and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

For the Bayelsa Campaign Council, prominent figures such as Defence Minister Mohammed Badaru, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator George Akume will serve as co- chairmen.

It is worth noting that Nyesom Wike’ s inclusion in the Bayelsa Campaign Council raises eyebrows, given his previous political activities. During the February 2023 elections, Wike took a stance against the PDP’ s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. This stance, coupled with Wike’ s advocacy for a power shift to the South, led him to actively support President Bola Tinubu.

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