23rd September, 2022
By Okafor Ofiebor
Governor Nyesom Wike has dared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to suspend him from the party for daring to agitate for equity and justice and wait for what he is capable of doing.
” I dare them to suspend me today. They cannot try it because they know what I can do. If a child says his mother will not sleep, he too will not sleep,” he said.
Wike accused the Presidential Candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar and National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu of arrogance in actions and conducts, thereby deepening crisis in party ahead of elections.
He also said that despite the persistent calls by his camp that Ayu should resign and honour their earlier pledge that since Atiku had won, he would resign to pave way for equity and inclusiveness in the party, Atiku and Ayu refused to honour their pledge.
He argued that Atiku and Ayu were not serious about winning the 2023 election with the crisis they had created.
He regretted that the All Progressives Congress, APC, which the PDP wanted to upstage kept to their zoning arrangements and zoned their presidential position to the Southern part of Nigeria, while the reverse was the case for his party.
Wike said Prince Uche Secondus, a Southerner was removed as National Chairman from the party based on the agreement of the Southern Governors that the presidential candidate should come from to the South, while the National Chairmanship position should come from the North.
“We warned that that if this agreement is not adhered to, the problem will resonate and cause crisis. In 2019 we agreed that the presidency should come from the North but we lost. No state contributed more than Rivers. Ahead of the primaries, they said we should throw away zoning, that the best candidate should win. Suddenly, they started selling forms” he said.
He described as an unfortunate scenario and lack of seriousness where a national chairman, presidential candidate and the Director-General of the Presidential Campaign came from the North.
” I won’t conclude that Atiku and Ayu are not trustworthy now. But Nigerians are watching if they show integrity. You don’t say because Nigerians are not happy with the APC government, so we do and behave anyhow”