by Dare Lawal
What’s happening with Nyesom Wike, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education?
Since last week when Ibrahim Shekarau was appointed as the new minister of education, Wike has been silent. In fact, even Aso Rock has been silent about Wike’s position. Repeated inquiries to presidential spokesman for clarification on the issue by The Scoop was not responded to.
Yesterday, fresh speculations about Wike’s fate surfaced in the media.
There were reports that Wike had resigned from the federal cabinet so as to give his time to concentrate on his alleged Rivers governorship bid. The minister has for over a year now been involved in a severe battle with the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
There was yet another speculation about Wike, that he decided to resign having failed to earn the confidence of President Goodluck Jonathan to be confirmed as Minister of Education after serving as supervising minister of the ministry for almost one year. To add salt to injury, polytechnic lecturers yesterday called off their strike action after 10 months at home. This happened less than a week after Shekarau becme minister, whereas Wike had been unable to resolve the crisis in ten months.
It was also gathered that the Presidency had come to the conclusion that Wike’s political value even in Rivers State was exaggerated and could not be trusted to fly the PDP party in next year’s governorship election.
The Presidency is now said to be considering Senator George Thompson Sekibo as the party’s governorship candidate in the state.
Wike, according to sources in Port Harcourt, is weighing the option of realizsing his ambition on the platform of another party, possibly the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).