Wike’s Outburst, Body Language, Clear Insubordination – Oduduwa Congress

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The Oduduwa Development Congress (ODC) warned the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike to retrace his steps from what it described as reckless claims that he played the most significant role in bringing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to power or he would be forced to resign from office.

The ODC specifically said that Wike’s utterances and body language are clear insubordination, whereas his claims was merely a product of his imagination, stressing that Nigerians, not Wike, made Tinubu their President as his victory was a reflection of the will of the people.

President of the ODC, Oluwasanmi Sola, who stated these at a press conference in Lagos on Monday, April 29, 2024, said that Wike ought to be grateful to Tinubu for saving him from political obscurity.

In the words of Sola; “Nyesom Wike didn’t make Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu the President of Nigeria. We would normally ignore Wike’s claims as the ramblings of a delusional person, but given the power of propaganda to cause harm, we feel compelled to correct the record.

“It’s important to note that the results of the 2023 presidential election, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), show that Nigerians elected Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as their President, not Wike. “Tinubu received a total of 8,794,726 votes, the highest of all candidates, meeting the first constitutional requirement to be declared the winner. He also received over 25% of the votes cast in 30 states, exceeding the 24 states required by the constitution. Local and international observers confirmed that his victory reflected the will of the people, and the Supreme Court upheld the outcome. Therefore, Wike’s claim of singlehandedly bringing President Tinubu to power is false and misleading.

“How could he when he couldn’t secure ordinary ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for himself? In President Tinubu’s election victory acceptance speech, he recognized and thanked those who worked hard to secure the victory.

“However, he did not mention the name of Nyesom Wike. This suggests that the FCT Minister’s claim of playing a significant role in the President’s electoral success is merely a product of his imagination. The former Rivers State governor owes Nigerians an apology for attempting to take credit for our collective mandate.”

ODC berated Wike’s handling of the affairs of the FCT, saying he is running the territory like his personal property, adding that his appointments so far have been lopsided.

The Congress also said that the actions of Wike could negatively impact the support that the President Tinubu administration enjoys from Northerners if the issue is not urgently and properly addressed.

According to Sola; “Unfortunately, Wike’s claim is not only a blatant lie but, also a crass display of ingratitude. His public posturing is the height of political arrogance. His utterances and body language reek of insubordination.

“One would expect that haven been saved from political obscurity by President Tinubu’s magnanimity, Wike would be the most loyal of all the President’s ministers but, instead he has turned out to be not only ungrateful but also a power-drunk little emperor in Abuja and a liability to this administration.

“The rate of nepotism, cronyism and favouritism in the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory under Wike is egregious. The FCT Minister has skewed all strategic appointments to favour his cronies and political affiliates from Rivers State, while millions of other Nigerians, and indigenes of the territory, are left marginalized.

“Wike needs to be reminded that the FCT is not his personal property or an extension of Rivers State. As the Center of Unity, the principle of inclusion must be given priority over any other interest. Therefore, we urge Wike to stop using resources and jobs meant for the FCT to buy and sustain the loyalty of his political allies in Rivers State in his pointless fight against the Governor, Sim Fubara, and focus on discharging his duties as FCT Minister impartially.

“It is regrettably lugubrious, that Wike, who was appointed as the FCT Minister by President Tinubu despite not being a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is now making enemies for the President with his tyrannical regime in the FCT instead of serving Mr. President diligently for saving him from monumental shame and disgrace,” the ODC President said.

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