The controversial chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike, has boasted that his party would not win the 2023 general elections without his involvement and those of four other governors from southern Nigeria.
Penpushing reports that, Wike made the declaration during a live media chat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and equally debunked speculations that he was planning to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Governor emphaised that, his departure from the party, alongside other governors which include, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, would affect the chances of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) winning the 2023 general election.
“If I leave the party today, PDP cannot win the (2023) elections. They can’t win any of their polling units if we, the five governors, today, say we are leaving this party. We are not just ordinary governors. We are very formidable, very strong,” he said.
“There is nobody that wants to win elections that will continue the way they are doing. This is not the first time. I have supported so many states financially (to win elections). Just that most of them are not truthful. I have supported Plateau, Ondo, and Cross Rivers severally. They cannot deny it”, Wike added
Penpushing further reports that, it is recalled that, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been enmeshed in leadership crisis since the party’s primary where Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, defeated Wike and other aspirants to emerge the party’s presidential candidate.
The Governor said to be aggrieved accused the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) of betraying him and breaching its constitution, and demanded the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu.
Penpushing also reports that, Wike supported by the other Governors in his team declared that, resignation of Ayu is the only a criterion that must be met before he discusses giving support to Atiku in next year’s poll.
The group argued that both Ayu and the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku, come from northern Nigeria, and it is a violation of party constitution, but the party leadership has refused to accede to the group’s demands.
Penpushing reports that, recently Governor Wike appointed 28,000 aides and defended the action, explaining that it was part of his administration’s initiative to alleviate poverty, declaring that it was the responsibility of government to reduce poverty and to empower people.
“Is it not the duty of the government to reduce poverty? Is it not the duty of the government to empower its people?. We met this morning and we are going to increase it to 100, 000. They are all Rivers people’ Wike added.
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