APC has abandoned governance for Buhari’s succession, Wike alleges

Nyesom Wike

Votes N2.3b for , orders mandatory testing of employees

Governor Nyesom Wike has accused his All Progressives Congress () counterparts, and political office holders of abandoning governance for a succession of President Muhammadu at the next general elections.

Dismissing speculations on his presidential ambition, the Rivers State chief executive, in a statement yesterday in Port Harcourt by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, refuted the claims in some quarters that the Peoples Democratic Party () was plagued by 2023 .

Wike, who acknowledged that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had a fundamental right to vie for the party’s ticket again, pointed out that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the political grouping, had not taken a final decision on zoning.He stated that the main opposition party was preoccupied with securing more political offices in the land.

“We will come together to resolve issues, because we are a family. Outsiders cannot do things that will divide us. What we are interested in now is, how we can remain united to take over power from the that has failed . The should not be allowed to continue to keep the country in its present calamitous state. We want to take over to move forward,” Wike asserted.

Stressing that he was less concerned for now about who flies the party’s presidential ticket in 2023, the governor, quickly, added that the relevant stakeholders would decide when the time comes.He expressed delight at the professional handling of the gubernatorial primary in Edo State, where Governor Godwin Obaseki emerged the party’s standard-bearer for the September 19,2020 race.

In another development, the state has voted N2.3 billion to contain the COVID-19pandemic.A lawmaker, who craved anonymity, told The Guardian that the public emergency fund, already captured in the revised 2020 budget, would underwrite disinfection of public schools, medical supplies, daily temperature checks and personal protective equipment (PPE) when the learning institutions reopen.

The adverse impact of the disease on the prices of crude oil at the international market, and the entire global economy, had forced the Wike administration to review downward the size of the appropriation document from N530 billion to N300 billion.

Also yesterday, the Rivers helmsman ordered employees of the House to undergo mandatory tests, as infected persons hit 1,056 in the state.He gave the directive while receiving three ambulances from the Executive Director of BUA Foundation, Khalifa Rabiu, in Port Harcourt to boost the ongoing fight in the South South state.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for , Professor Princewill Chike said 3,434 samples had been tested, adding that the state treatment centre had successfully managed and discharged 584 patients.

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