Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

Wike: Crisis In PDP, Self Inflicted; Recommends Doctrine Of Necessity To Accomodate Interest Of Southern Nigeria

 

( By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – The governor of Rivers State, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has, for the upteenth time, declared that the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is self inflicted. However, as a consistent party man, the trained  legal practitioner  has suggested  the adoption of doctrine of necessity to allow for a southerner to become the national chairman of the PDP in the place of Dr. Iyiocha Ayu.

 

Governor Wike, who bared his mind at at press briefing on Thursday in Port Harcourt, explained that the PDP shut itself on the foot  by disregarding the provisions  of the party constitution on zoning of offices, and that the remedies will include making sacrifices that will promote inclusiveness in leadership.

He said that the call for the resignation of Senator Ayu was to ensure that the south is not marginalised, stressing that the party leadership must show that they have capacity to bring everybody together.

Governor Wike recalled how the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku had promised, at a meeting in London,  to work out within a week, modalities for the resignation of Senator Ayu as national chairman of the party but that instead of matching his words with action, Atiku is now raising constitutional issues.

He said the call for the resignation of Senator Ayu within the party is bordered on justice, fairness and equity, hinting that part of Nigeria’s problem has been the exclusion of certain sections of the country in national  decision making.

He said those who cleverly subverted the constitution resulting in the current crisis were now using the same constitution as alibi for the presidential candidate and the national chairman to come from the north while the southern members serve as observers.

Governor  Wike, who had maintained that he would remain in the party and fight for justice, fairness and equity, suggested that, National Executive Committee, NEC, of PDP  consider the resignation of Senator Ayu as the national chairman and seek  ratification at a convention later after the elections.

“All we want is, now that you have given presidency to the North, let us (South) take our own chairman, because when they’re meeting for decision making, the presidential candidate seats there, national chairman seats there, the DG of campaign seats there, they take decision and come out and tell you to execute”, Governor Wike further pleaded.

 

While noting that it has become imperative for the PDP to prove to Nigerians that it can be trusted with their votes in 2023, pointing out that the promise of hope by PDP to Nigerians must be seen from how it is able to resolve the current leadership imbalance and marginalisation among its members.

 

“Ab initio, the presidency ought to have been zoned to the South, you knew it. What you’ve done is to show how clever or smart you are. Now, there is crisis you’re now falling back to that constitution to say that there will be constitutional crisis. You cannot eat your cake and have it. You can’t.”

 

“All we want is, now that you have given presidency to the North, let us (South) take our own chairman, because when they’re meeting for decision making, the presidential candidate seats there, national chairman seats there, the DG of campaign seats there, they take decision and come out and tell you to execute.

“Now, I hear the Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman is gone. Why did they put pressure on the BOT chairman to resign and then now you cannot put pressure on national chairman to resign. When I was trying to run as governor, I had a lot of crisis. But I had to let go certain things for us to be able to win election. The problem is that we have not won election, we are arrogant.”

Governor Wike said those who are advising the PDP presidential candidate to ignore Rivers State votes don’t wish him well in the forthcoming general election.

“Anybody advising Atiku that is a wicked man, and I know those who are doing it. They don’t have electoral value in their own unit. Some of them are from Edo. Look at their calculation. Buhari didn’t win in Rivers State, but Buhari won Lagos and Kano. Does Atiku have Lagos now, does he have Kano? The only one he has, always had is Rivers and you say you don’t want them.”

The governor specifically accused Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri, who hails from Yobe State and lacks political relevance, as being one of those misleading the PDP presidential candidate.

“Has PDP won Yobe State? now, what is his electoral value that he (Waziri) will bring to the table. Tell me, since 1999 we started this democracy, PDP has never won Yobe State and then you are going about, we will deal with him. We will sanction him.”

The governor said it has become imperative for the PDP to prove to Nigerians that it can be trusted with their votes, which will return it to power in 2023.

He cautioned the PDP against taking Nigerians for granted saying they are already disenchanted with the failure of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led federal government.

Governor Wike pointed out that the promise of hope by PDP to Nigerians must be seen from how it is able to resolve the current leadership imbalance and marginalisation among its members.

 

 

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