Nyesom Wike has declared that nobody can convince him to change his stance that the Peoples Democratic Party should yield its national chairmanship position to Southern Nigeria.
The Rivers State governor spoke on Wednesday night when he hosted Cross River State PDP governorship, senatorial, House of Representatives, House of Assembly candidates and party chairmen at the local government level, at his private residence in Rumueprikom, Port Harcourt.
Wike, 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.
Wike said: “We have finished presidential primaries, we have a presidential candidate. Is Wike saying remove presidential candidate? Is Wike saying remove 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’?”
The governor maintained that he cannot be convinced to support the current status quo, where the PDP presidential candidate, national chairman and the Director General of the presidential campaign council are all from the North.
He said: “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 have 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.”
The governor said it was hypocritical for some people in the PDP to criticise Muslim/Muslim ticket, while supporting that a particular region of the country should retain the presidency for another eight years.
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.
Wike 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.
The governor said: “This is period that power game is being played. If you don’t have it now, forget it. If anybody tells you, let (Iyorchia) 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.”
He disclosed that he has commenced full blown politicking ahead of the 2023 general elections, adding that those who want to undermine him and his allies will be doing so at their own peril.
Wike, who thanked Cross River PDP delegates for the support given to him during the presidential primary election, said that he will remain eternally grateful to them and all the other delegates that voted for him.
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