Rivers State Governor said it is hypocritical for some people in the PDP to criticise the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC while supporting that a particular region of the country should retain the presidency for another eight years.
Governor Nyesom Wike who says he has accepted Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) however, insisted that Senator Iyioricha Ayu must relinquish his position as the party’s national chairman.
Wike made this known on Thursday after Atiku rescheduled his campaigns to enable new emissaries sent to him to intervene in the lingering crisis in the party.
Speaking when he hosted Cross River State PDP governorship, senatorial, House of Representatives, House of Assembly candidates and PDP local government party chairmen at his private residence in Rumueprikom, Rivers, today, Wike said efforts for the amicable resolution of the crisis rocking the PDP has been frustrated by “rent seeker” in the party.
He said nobody could convince him to change his stance that the PDP should yield its national chairmanship position to Southern Nigeria.
The governor, during the meeting which was attended by the party’s South-South national vice chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, explained that the seemingly intractable crisis in the party had lingered because some vested interests, whom he described as “hyenas and rent seekers,” have remained obstinate and averse to justice, fairness and equity in the party.
“We have finished presidential primaries, we have a presidential candidate. Is Wike saying remove the presidential candidate? Is Wike saying remove the vice presidential candidate? So, what are you begging me for? All I am saying, and I will continue to say is that you have taken president, give us (national) chairman.
“Nobody wants to speak the truth. If I am saying remove the presidential candidate, if I am saying remove the vice presidential candidate, then you will say why is he doing this.”
Wike added that refusal to cede the national chairman position to the South will be a recipe for crisis.
“He (national chairman) said, if the presidential candidate comes from the north, he will resign, which means he has had this in mind. Now, the thing has come to reality, now resign, no. And people are saying go and talk to Wike.
“I’ve accepted the presidential candidate, I have 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.”
He insisted that for the sake of holistic peace, PDP should adhere to the tenets of its constitution, which explicitly recommends that when a presidential candidate emerges from the north, the national chairman should be from the South.
The governor said the clamour for the chairman of the PDP to be zoned to the South will persist until justice, fairness and equity prevail in the PDP.
“This is the period the power game is being played. If you don’t have it now, forget it. If anybody tells you, to let (Iyorchia) Ayu resign after the 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 the campaign will sit, when the election is won in February before the president is sworn in, decisions would have been made.”