The Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that his number one priority was to ensure the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and not the succession scramble in Rivers State.
Wike, who spoke on Saturday when he visited an ex-militant leader, Chief Soboma Jackrich (aka Egberipapa) in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, lampooned Governor Rotimi Amaechi, describing his former boss as a drowning politician.
The minister also urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to work come together as one and ensure President Jonathan’s reelection.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand. My priority is to ensure the re-election of the president in 2015 and not who succeeds Governor Rotimi Amaechi. The governor (Amaechi is an insensitive, irresponsible and drowning politician”, Wike stated.
Wike explained that his visit to the ex-militant was in continuation of his consultations aimed at boosting the chances of President Jonathan ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
Speaking at the Jackrich’s residence, the minister commended his host’s commitment and doggedness in promoting the Jonathan administration and the PDP.
He assured Jackrich that the state PDP under his leadership would make fairness, equity and justice its watchword, pledging his commitment to politicians that have worked hard for the party.
Wike also called on members of the state PDP to come together in order to ensure that the president wins the 2015 presidential election and justify his (Jonathan) efforts towards transforming the country.
“As the leader of the party and a loyal party man, I will always abide by the rules and wishes of the party. When the time comes, all stakeholders will sit together as a family to choose who will represent the party in the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state”, the minister said.
In his response, Jackrich, who is the founder of Kengema Unity Forum, expressed gratitude to the minister even as he lauded Wike’s loyalty to President Jonathan.
The former militant leader also thanked the minister for repositioning the PDP in the state, promising that KUF will continue to sensitize and mobilize the people towards ensuring that President Jonathan was re-elected in 2015.
Jackrich, however, noted that activities of the Grassroots Development Initiative (a political group founded to promote Wike’s governorship ambition) in the area were creating division among party members.