Daniel Bwala, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says Nyesom Wike, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), will be expelled from the party at the “appropriate time”.
On Wednesday, Wike said no one can suspend him from the PDP, adding that governance is not about membership of a political party.
Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Thursday, Bwala said the “quietness” of the PDP on Wike’s “anti-party activities” should in no way be mistaken for “weakness”.
Recently, President Bola Tinubu, who won the last election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), appointed Wike as FCT minister.
Wike’s appointment has sparked conversations on whether the PDP will take disciplinary actions against him.
Reacting to the development, the former spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign organisation, said Wike did not write to the national leadership of the party about taking up a ministerial appointment in Tinubu’s cabinet.
Bwala said there is nothing wrong with a PDP member working in an APC government if the party decided to constitute a government of national unity.
“Why we hardly react to what he (Wike) says is because he loves drama; everybody knows that. He was saying that nobody can suspend him and the rest,” Bwala said.
“Believe me, the quietness of the party is not weakness. For everyone who is listening and sees what he is doing and the party is quiet about it, it is not a weakness. The party knows what it is doing.
“At the appropriate time, he would not only be suspended but expelled. Take that to the bank.
“There is nothing wrong with a member of the PDP working in Tinubu’s government as long as that decision is reached by the party.
“The party can sit down and decide that let us constitute a government of national unity.
“The party has not done that, and he is not the national chairman or chairman of the board of trustees.
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“Everybody knows that he practically manipulated a lot of people and got them to work in his path until he achieved what he had achieved.”
The lawyer said Wike has the capacity and potential to initiate development projects as a minister but the problem will be whether he is willing to do so.
Wike has repeatedly said he got the nod of PDP leaders at different levels, and that of his party’s governors and federal lawmakers, before accepting Tinubu’s ministerial offer.
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