Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has shed light on the recent visit of the former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, to his residence. Ganduje emphasized that the purpose of the visit was to discuss matters related to Wike’s forthcoming ministerial role and underscored the latter’s readiness to collaborate effectively within the ruling party.
Speaking during a visit by Simon Bako Lalong, the former Governor of Plateau State and Director General of the disbanded APC Presidential Campaign Council, to the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, Ganduje also expressed his optimism regarding the potential impact of Wike’s presence on the party’s fortunes in the 2027 elections.
Ganduje clarified, “You know Wike is an honorable Minister-designate, so he came, we discussed because I was looking for him to congratulate him for that. He also came to congratulate me. We discussed that when he becomes a minister fully, he will work very hard to move the ministry he is given forward and he is ready to cooperate. But we didn’t discuss the issue of his coming to APC or not coming to APC. That issue will arise later.”
Moreover, Ganduje shared insights into the party’s broader strategy for expansion and unity, highlighting the impending blueprint aimed at augmenting the party’s followership. He alluded to potential mergers with other political parties and stressed that the inclusion of figures like Wike from the opposition camp was in alignment with the spirit of national unity championed by President Bola Tinubu.
“While having Wike will certainly improve the chances of our party, especially in 2027, and not only that, we are coming out with a new blueprint to increase the followership of the party. This will include all strata of officials; those who are in APC and those who are in other political parties. I assure you very soon some of the political parties will even merge with the APC. We are doing that underground,” Ganduje revealed.
Lalong, in his remarks, focused on congratulating Ganduje on his new role as the APC’s National Chairman. He also highlighted Ganduje’s extensive political experience and leadership skills, underscoring the support and collaboration from within the party to ensure its continued success.
The dynamic exchange of ideas and strategic insights showcased the party’s commitment to fostering unity, growth, and effective governance. The unfolding narrative points towards a deliberate effort to harness the collective strengths of individuals, regardless of their prior political affiliations, to navigate the political landscape and advance the nation’s socio-economic progress.