Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sowing seed of discord amongst PDP governors and jeopardising the celebration’s prospect to clinch the presidency in 2023.
He has additionally warned that President Mohammadu Buhari’s integrity shall be at stake if he fails to honour the invitation of the House of Representatives to handle the rising concern concerning the spate of insecurity throughout the nation.
Governor Wike, whereas talking on a stay tv programme in Port Harcourt on Friday, stated it was regrettable that as an alternative of capitalising on the inefficiency and maladministration that has characterised the All Progressives Congress 5 years in energy, PDP’s NWC is deepening cracks within the celebration.
“PDP ought to have harvested from the inefficiency of the APC; from the maladministration of the APC. Ordinarily, that is what opposition party ought to do. If you ask me, are Nigerians waiting for a change? Yes. If you ask me as a member of PDP, am ready to support PDP to takeover, yes. But, if you ask me currently as it is, is the leadership of the party willing for us to harvest this opportunity for a change, I will say no.”
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He defined that moderately than give attention to methods on how one can make the most of the rising disenchantment with the APC authorities, the NWC is sowing a seed of discord amongst governors utilizing two former governors of Imo and Cross River States and a gift Senator from Benue State.
“An opposition party that ought to be united, to work, to take over the affairs of government, because people are waiting for this opportunity, but the current leadership of NWC is not prepared for that, rather, what they have done is to constitute some people to sow a seed of discord among governors for their own selfish interest. And that will boomerang; that will consume them.”
The governor stated as a result of he lacks the power to defect to the APC or one other political celebration, he’ll proceed to do what he can to make sure the survival of the PDP.
“I will not allow anybody to kill PDP. They have the capacity to move to APC. I don’t and I cannot move to APC. So, anybody that tries to do something to destroy PDP, I will not allow you. Anybody that I see that has the trait to destroy the PDP, I will not allow it.”
He described as disingenuous the choice of the NWC to jettison the suggestions of Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom led committee set as much as reconcile the celebration in Niger and Plateau States, simply due to its vested curiosity in Niger State.
The governor accused the present management of NWC of merely being fascinated with retaining the present construction of the celebration to stay in energy, and to not win the 2023 election.
“The present National Working Committee is not interested or doing anything to take over the realms of government in 2023. When your interest is to remain in power, you are no longer interested to win the election.”
Governor Wike stated the extent of insecurity resulting in deaths, significantly in Borno State and different components of the nation must have compelled President Buhari to maintain his promise of honouring the invitation by the House of Representatives.
He identified that it was APC members who management a majority within the National Assembly that moved the movement to ask the President to handle them on what measures are being taken to deal with and finish the spate of violent killings, to which he consented.
The governor stated it was improper for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to show round to topic the invitation to authorized interpretation, as an alternative of defending the integrity of the President which is now at stake.
“There is insecurity. People are dying. You don’t go by a legal approach to solve that problem. If Mr. President had given the assurance, saying my integrity is at stake, therefore I will go, that decision was not taken without talking first to his inner cabinet.
“It’s not a question and answers session. You go with a brief to address the congress. To say, see where it was when we came, see where we are today. Yes, we have not achieved what we thought, but what we require from everyone is cooperation.
“For me, I think this is not the period to be legalistic. This is the period every Nigerian should be concerned about what is happening. Just this morning (Friday), I heard that 16 people were killed on Abuja-Kaduna road yesterday. Look at the loss of life in Borno State. Senate has said look, Mr. President, relief all Service Chiefs, which means they are concerned about the security situation in the country.”
He additional said that if he had been the Attorney General of the federation, he would have suggested the President privately and urge him to put in writing a letter to the House of Representatives that he would come at a later day due to the exigency of his workplace.
To finish the spate of violent crime within the nation, Governor Wike really useful the creation of employment alternatives for teenagers and drastic change to the operational system of policing within the nation.
He insisted that States have to be allowed to be concerned locally police, which has already been hijacked by APC members.