Governor Nyesom Wike declares that he has accepted Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and running partner Governor Ifeanyi Okowa ahead of the 2023 elections, but he will never allow Sen. Iyorcha Ayu to continue serving as the party's national chairman.
In addition, Wike claimed that genuine attempts to amicably resolve the impasse in the PDP were being thwarted by rent-seekers in the party while hosting all state and national assembly candidates, local government chairmen, and Cross River State PDP governorship candidates at his private residence in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, on Wednesday night.
Speaking to his audience while South-South National Vice Chairman Chief Dan Orbih was present, Wike accused the party's recalcitrant "hyenas and rent seekers" of continuing to stand in the way of justice, fairness, and equity.
Wike noted that all he wants is for the PDP to do the needful and bring the chairmanship position of the party to the South.
In his words, "I’ve accepted the presidential candidate, accepted the vice presidential candidate, what’s the problem again. You, fulfil your part. Let the South have something, that is all I’m preaching. You cannot have presidential candidate, national chairman, director general of the campaign.”
The governor described as hypocritical, PDP members criticising APC Muslim/Muslim ticket while supporting a particular region of the country to retain the presidency for another eight years.
“This is period the power game is being played. If you don’t have it now, forget it. If anybody tells you, let Ayu resign after election is conducted, then you are a foolish person. This is the time decision is being made.
“This is the time the presidential candidate, national chairman and the leader of campaign will sit, when election is won in February, before the president is sworn in, decisions would have been made.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.