The ongoing crisis within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has intensified, with Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), urging the Abdullahi Ganduje-led National Working Committee (NWC) to refrain from appointing members of Rotimi Amaechi’s faction. Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers State and ex-Minister of Transportation, served during the previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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    During a meeting with Abdullahi Ganduje, the national chairman of the APC, Wike’s camp argued that Amaechi’s group failed to support President Bola Tinubu during the presidential election on February 25. The faction led by Chief Tony Okocha alleged that Amaechi’s camp, which included prominent figures like Tonye Cole and Dakuku Peterside, worked against President Tinubu’s victory in the election.

    Chief Tony Okocha, representing Wike’s camp, emphasized the importance of respecting an existing court order that officially recognized the expulsion of Amaechi’s loyalists from the ruling party. He described this group as “Watermelon,” presenting themselves as supportive on the outside but opposing within, and insisted they no longer had the right to speak for APC Rivers.

    Referring to a recent tribunal ruling, Wike likened the situation to a man obtaining justice against a stranger attempting to steal his land. He specifically addressed Tonye Cole as a stubborn figure, highlighting that the APC had disassociated itself from the legal proceedings he pursued.

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