There are strong indications that the recent relationship that exists between the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike ahead of the 2023 general elections has put the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi in an arm’s length with Tinubu.
It could be recalled that in the last couple of weeks, the Rivers State Government House has hosted several chieftains of the ruling party, with some even commissioning projects. This has, however, fuel more speculation that Wike, who is currently in conflict with the presidential candidate of his party, Atiku Abubakar is planning defection.
And the meeting between Tinubu and Governor Wike in London on how to discuss working together in the forthcoming presidential election has set tongues wagging the most on social media.
Although, Daily Independent gathered that the meeting between the duo resulted in futility as Tinubu did not agree to all the demands of the governor.
According to the report, Wike reportedly asked for a soft landing for his allies in Oyo, Benue and Abia in the 2023 race, but Tinubu saw the demands as magnanimous beyond what he can agree to.
However, Amaechi who remains the leader of APC in Rivers State has been left in the dark on the 2023 plans.
Recall that Amaechi, who lost the presidential ticket of the party in June has suffered many blows in Rivers State as many of his political allies have resigned from the ruling party.
Two former commissioners in the state, George Tolofari and Ibim Semenitari have resigned as well as two other chieftains, Tonye Princewill and Celestine Akpobari.
But Amaechi in his congratulatory message to Tinubu had promised to work with him, he wrote, “I wish to assure you of my commitment to your success at the polls in 2023 and ultimately look forward to providing the necessary support to ensure that we develop a prosperous country for all Nigerians.”
Amaechi would be facing Wike who has the state resource in the 2023 race, with the federal might less effective over the years in the state.
If the relationship between Tinubu and Wike becomes productive, the former Governor of Lagos State might find it difficult to bring Wike, Amaechi and Magnus Abe to work together.