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Governorship: Wike seeks ‘plea-bargain’ with APC?


Strong indications have emerged that Mr. Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Rivers State, may have ignited a channel of communications meant to lead to negotiations with the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The party is forming the next national government. Wike, it was gathered, has opened the line of negotiation with some leaders of APC to seek a soft-landing as to prevent possible prosecution. He is said to be in dilemma as he could face reprisal repercussions after the April 11 gubernatorial election. Though it could not be independently confirmed, there was another angle to the said development. It was reported that Wike may be willing to forfeit his governorship aspiration for what could be in the toga of plea-bargain. If the disclosures were confirmed and Wike was able to knock off the plea-bargain, he will be expected to tune-down the steam driving his aspiration. Part of the proposal, The Neighbourhood gathered, would be that while Wike remains in the race, it would be for formality. Wike’s loyalists are still in the dark over this reported hi-wire move.  
A source conversant with Wike’s reported secret moves disclosed that while Wike is afraid of a probe of his activities in recent times, including latest violence in Rivers State which has claimed many lives, believed to be perpetuated by his followers in the PDP, another source revealed that Wike is afraid of a future that has Governor Chibuike Amaechi as a national power-broker.
Wike has led a season of revolt against Amaechi, converting to himself several followers.
The governorship election is barely 3 days away with the major contenders seeking last-minute sympathy of voters. Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, the APC governorship candidate, who, un-doubtably, is the pole position into the polls, would be facing Prince Tonye Princewill of the Labour Party, LP, and Wike. Peterside, a popular politician in Rivers State, is expected to win over 60% of total votes cast by the over 1 million voters in the state. Wike’s woes may have been made worse by the uncertainty of Mrs. Patience Jonathan’s whereabouts. Since the announcement of the results of the March 28 presidential election in which her husband lost to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the whereabouts of the flamboyant and extrovert First Lady had been in speculations.
There had been reports she remained in shock over the loss while a segment said she travelled overseas, most likely Europe, for recovery and possibly, visit her children.
Prior to the presidential loss, it was revealed that Mrs. Jonathan, who at every PDP campaign never failed to show her choice of Wike for the Rivers State governorship, had planned to “lay siege” on Rivers April 11. It was learnt Mrs. Jonathan had intended to “storm” Rivers State with soldiers, policemen and several militia reportedly to tilt victory to Wike. But her husband’s loss might have taken the steam off her zeal though no one is sure of what her next moves might be concerning the governorship election.