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    Monday, March 31, 2014

    Wike has not resigned as minister -PDP

    AHEAD of the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State, the Peoples Democratic Party has dismissed speculations in some quarters that the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, has resigned his appointment and membership of the Federal Executive Council.

    The state chapter of the PDP said in a statement issues in Port Harcourt on Monday that Wike was still in charge of the Education Ministry at the federal level.

    The statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the State Chairman of the party, Mr. Jerry Needam, called on party members and the general public to disregard speculations that the minister had resigned his position.

    Though Wike, who is the leader of the PDP in Rivers has not officially declared his intention to run for the governorship position, it was gathered that the minister was nursing the ambition to succeed his former boss, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.

    According to the statement, “The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party has been drawn to some media publications (not PUNCH) and speculations in some quarters alleging that the Honourable Supervising Minister for Education, Chief (Barr.) Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has resigned his position as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    “The party wishes to state that the minister has not resigned his membership of the Federal Executive Council and has not at the moment contemplated doing so. He remains the Supervisory Minister for Education.

    “The PDP therefore calls on its members and the general public to discountenance this concocted, false, misleading and calumnious speculation, which we are aware, is a creation by mischief makers and enemies of the Honourable Minister and the party.”

    It, however, warned its teeming members and the general public not to be deceived by falsehood from political opponents, particularly, the All Progressives Congress.

    The state PDP urged members to be steadfast and more committed to the struggle of liberating the people and the state from the bad governance of the APC.

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