After visiting Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, in London, Alhaji Ibrahim Masari, a key ally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, stated that they were convinced Wike will now work for Tinubu’s success in 2023.
Alhaji Ibrahim Masari, who spoke to the BBC Hausa on Wednesday from London, confirmed that Tinubu did visit Wike and that their meetings would continue as needed.
According to him,” the meeting was basically on the 2023 Presidential election and by God’s grace, we are going to work with His Excellency, Governor Nyeson Wike ,he will assist and we are going to win the election with ease,by the will of God. “
Asked on whether Wike was intending to join the APC in order to assist Tinubu win election, Masari said he was not in position to say if Wike would join the PDP , adding that Wike does not have to leave the PDP before he could assist anyone that he wants to help.
“This is because Wike is a big politician, a Governor and he has control in some other states apart from his state. He is good to the people and has associated with his people peacefully. By the grace of God, he will be of help to us.”
When asked if Wike intended to quit the PDP in order to support Tinubu in the election, Masari said he was not in a position to predict if Wike would join the APC, adding that Wike does not need to leave the PDP in order to support whoever he chooses to support.
“If you could remember, it was APC that caused the failure of APC in Bauchi, it was members of the party that led to the defeat of the Governor from their own party. In Adamawa too. So what I want people to understand, someone can still assist you even without joining your party if he wants to.”
“Furthermore, with the widespread acceptance of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu to Nigerians, I can assure you by the will of God he is going to win the election, with or without help. But there is the Hausa adage which says even if you’re beautiful, you should add to it by taking bath. So it’s not only about Wike, we are also talking with many other Governors.”
He said their political alliance with Wike would not make the likes of former Minister Rotimi Amaechi and other APC members in Rivers State to feel sidelined, as they are ever ready to carry all of them along.
” Nobody will do anything that will hurt Rotimi Amaechi, he is a party member, a formidable member of the APC,’ he said.