Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike’s dissolution of his cabinet was premised on his calculated political masterstroke to impose his preferred governorship candidate who will succeed him in 2023.
Though Wike has not yet declared who he wants to succeed him, a source told DAILY POST that he weighs the options between Hon. Fubara Siminayi, the state’s Accountant-General; and Hon. Tammy Danagogo, the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, to succeed him as governor.
But as Wike, who is one of the presidential hopefuls of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, unilaterally mulls his succession plan, investigations uncovered that most of the sacked members of the state cabinet seemed not favourably disposed towards the idea.
With personal or group interest being a major compass of politics, Wike appears unlikely to tolerate internal opposition, hence, the cabinet dissolution.
It was said that the sack of the cabinet members was a tactical measure to enable him to have a new formidable assemblage of trusted loyalists who are ready to reassure him of their allegiance and work with commitment for the actualisation of his 2023 agenda.
When contacted, the Rivers state spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. Chris Finebon said the sudden political development was high-wire politics.
In his words, “What is happening is high-wire politics. It is more a result of the internal politics in Rivers State.
“His own quest to impose his own governorship candidate will not go down well with a good number of his stalwarts.
“He, therefore, calculated to go for the kill. The idea of imposition will make a lot of his strongmen angry.
“That is why he decided to set up a ‘war cabinet’ for the remaining months of his tenure to come in with new gusto and hunger to work for his success and for the success of whomever he wants to run as PDP gubernatorial candidate…