Wike’s revelation on PDP crisis: 10 things you need to Know
Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that Friday’s nearly two-hour-long media chat by Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike covered a variety of topics related to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Following are key insights from the conversation that had many people spellbound:
1. When the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) abandoned the zoning principle outlined in its Constitution, it laid the groundwork for the crisis. The South was supposed to be the only region on the presidential ticket.
2. Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP National Chairman, is not a reliable person. In spite of Atiku Abubakar’s emergence, he had refused to fulfil his promise to resign if a presidential candidate from the North emerged.
3. Ayu’s actions severely compromised and flawed the convention that gave birth to Atiku Abubakar. If not for my love of the PDP, Wike said, “It would have ended in crisis.”
4. When Ayu called numerous meetings in the homes of retired generals, he used intimidation and abuse of power. Wike claimed that the meetings were held “to make sure that I did not end up being the party’s flag bearer. He even threatened to resign if I were to win the party’s candidacy.
5. Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, lacks integrity. He is not honest. Wike claimed: “He promised me that Ayu would resign when he visited me after his emergence, but he failed to make good on that promise. We were surprised when he attended a gathering and cited constitutional concerns after meeting us there as well.
Wike’s Revelation on PDP crisis
6. PDP requires restructuring because it is haughty. “A party that is in the opposition and serious about winning an election cannot be as arrogant as the PDP,” the governor argued. Nigerians now question the PDP’s ability to unify the nation if it cannot reform itself to address the party’s marginalisation.
7. People of little political import surround Atiku. “Those asking the party to expel me, particularly Yobe State Waziri, lack electoral values. PDP has not won Yobe since 1999,” he claimed.
8. PDP would never sanction me, much less suspend me. “I challenge the party to punish me. They should take action. Who will I be punished by? I cannot be sanctioned by those who left the party. They are aware of my options if they do it, he warned.
9. No support for Atiku until the demands are satisfied. “If the party ultimately rejects our demand, we will reconvene to decide on our next electoral strategies. Have you not seen instances where a local senatorial candidate lost while the local governorship candidate from the same party won?
10. Ayu’s continued term in the office is not justified in any way. By stepping down, Ayu may show his devotion for the PDP. The NEC may decide in a meeting and then change its mind in a convention after the election.
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