Lere Oyewumi, the Senate Deputy Minority Leader, has weighed in on the status of Nyesom Wike, the immediate past Governor of Rivers State and a prominent figure within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Oyewumi emphasized that Nyesom Wike is a key leader within the PDP, and therefore, any issues concerning him will be handled by the national leadership of the party with prudence and discretion.
Oyewumi, the senator representing Osun West Senatorial District of Osun State, maintained that removing any person from the party was often politicised and insisted that the leadership of the party knew the right decision to take.
He made this known while responding to questions raised by journalists during a press conference in Ikire on Friday.
There have been calls for the suspension of Nyesom Wike, a prominent PDP chieftain and now serving Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, under President Bola Tinubu.
Daniel Bwala, a former aide to Abubakar Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, had stated on national television that Wike would be expelled from the party at an appropriate time.
However, Oyewumi said: “Wike is our leader, one of the prominent leaders, the [former] Rivers State governor, where PDP did wonderfully well in the last election. He was one of the PDP governors who had never missed a party programme.
“Wike may have some issues that he is reacting to, but I am sure the party leadership and the national working committee are handling it better.
“Removing anybody at times is taken out of proportion and politicised, but I am sure people at the helm of the affairs of the party know the right decision to take at the right time, and they will continue to do that for the betterment of the party.”