Abdulahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has announced the party’s intentions to devise a strategic plan aimed at boosting its membership. This declaration came forth on Wednesday following a private meeting with Simon Lalong, the immediate past Governor of Plateau State.
Addressing rumors about Nyesom Wike, the former Governor of Rivers State, potentially defecting to the APC, Abdulahi Ganduje reveals purpose of Wike’s visit to Abuja on Monday was unrelated to any such move.
Despite this, Ganduje acknowledged that if a prominent figure like Wike were to join the ruling party, it could enhance the party’s prospects in the upcoming 2027 elections. He expressed, “Such a development would undoubtedly bolster our party’s prospects, particularly for the 2027 elections.”
Ganduje elaborated further, explaining the nature of his interaction with Wike, stating, “Wike is currently designated as an honorable minister, so our discussions revolved around congratulating him on this achievement. He also took the opportunity to congratulate me. We discussed his commitment to diligently perform his ministerial duties and his willingness to collaborate effectively once he assumes full ministerial responsibilities.”
However, the subject of Wike’s potential switch to the APC was not broached during this interaction, as Ganduje clarified that this matter would be addressed at a later point. In addition, the APC Chairman unveiled plans to roll out a novel strategy aimed at augmenting the party’s following, encompassing individuals from all echelons of government – those within the APC as well as those aligned with other political parties.
Ganduje assured that progress was being made on this front, asserting, “In the near future, you can anticipate that some political parties might even merge with the APC. We are diligently pursuing this behind the scenes.”
Simon Lalong, who had previously governed Plateau State, also shared his thoughts during this occasion. He explained that his visit to the party’s secretariat was centered on congratulating Ganduje and exploring ways to lend support in his role as the national chairman.
Acknowledging Ganduje’s extensive political background, Lalong remarked, “Considering that Ganduje has traversed various roles – from a lengthy tenure in civil service to becoming a permanent secretary, commissioner, and ultimately the longest-serving deputy governor who later assumed the governorship – his wealth of experience renders him an invaluable asset in party affairs.”
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