PDP Crisis: Nobody Can Threaten, Or Derail Me – Wike

  • Says expect something to happen soon

BY ONYAKACHUKWU IBEZIM – The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, says persistent threats on him cannot bring a lasting solution and address the current cracks within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) going into the 2023 general elections.

However, he assured that despite nothing happening at the moment from the ongoing engagements and consultations, party stakeholders should hold their peace because “something will happen” soon on a positive note.

This is as the Rivers State Chief Executive also warned that nobody can threaten him as he will do what is right no matter the ‘gang up’ or blackmail.

Speaking while flagging off of Eneka Internal Roads in the Obio-Akpor area of the state, Governor Wike said, “Anybody who knows me, knows that once I have made up my mind and I believe that what I am doing is right, if you like, let the whole people team up, as far as my conscience is clear, I will do what is right at all times; It doesn’t matter any gang up.

“All of us should be calm; you’ve heard what is happening in PDP. Nothing has happened yet but by the grace of God; something will happen.”

Some groups within the nation’s main opposition party have accused the Rivers Governor of being a bad loser and disgruntled following former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s emergence as the PDP presidential flag bearer at the primary election in May.

According to insiders, the PDP ex-presidential aspirant is perceived to have felt slighted by Atiku who looked past him to pick Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate for next year’s polls.

With the crisis rocking the party still simmering, the Governor Wike-led group met with Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi; and his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Bola Tinubu.

Similarly, he also held meetings with former President Olusegun Obasanjo as well as APC ex-presidential aspirant and governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, even as he earlier claimed that the consultations are in Nigerians’ best interest.

The River Governor spoke at the VIP Lounge of the Port Harcourt International Airport on his arrival from London on Friday, saying; “We believe that what is going on will be in the interest of Nigerians at the end of the day. Consultation is still ongoing.”

Further explaining that “Nothing we have said now has been concretised. Discussions are going on”, Governor Wike urged PDP stakeholders not to despair as the PDP will come out stronger from the crisis to give Nigerians purposeful leadership and positive democracy dividends after claiming victory in 2023 polls.

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