Sources reveal to The Paradigm that the minister’s resignation is to enable him pursue his ambition of becoming the next governor of Rivers State after the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi.
The minister was said to have briefed the President of his intention to contest for the Rivers governorship election in 2015, to which he got the approval of the President to challenge the growing profile of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.
The resignation which is expected to take effect from April 1, 2014 has gotten the approval of the president.
But another source within the Villa, confirmed that Wike’s resignation will be announced next week Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Wike has been in running battle with Governor Amaechi, notorious for using the former Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, who is a very close ally of the President’s wife, Mrs Patience Jonathan, to attack the interest of the governor.
He was behind the group of five members of the House of Assembly who tried to impeach the Rivers State House of Assembly Speaker, with another ally, Evans Bipi claiming to be the new speaker. (Paradigm)