Gov. Wike Chides PDP Defectors
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has maintained that he is not leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), despite the recent wave of defections.
Wike who took a swipe at governors who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), maintained that it is unthinkable for him to leave the PDP.
The governor stated this on Thursday while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Recently the main opposition party, PDP has witnessed a wave of defections, which has raised concerns about the viability of the party. According to him, “It is not something to be discussed. How would any Nigerian feel that tomorrow I am discussing with the APC?”
The Rivers Governor reprimanded governors and other members of the party who have defected to the ruling party for being fearful and intimidated by the APC. He insisted the ruling party has nothing on offer for him to move to their camp and therefore he sees no reason to join another party.
“This people, because of one thing or the other, are trying to hide their inadequacies and inefficiencies and ensure that the government [at the centre] protects them. And they are always afraid,” Wike, a former minister of education explained, accusing the federal government of “fighting” Rivers State.
“The problem with Nigeria today is insecurity. The problem with Nigeria today is poverty. The problem with Nigeria today is corruption, not to go and receive a governor somewhere,” he said. “They have nothing to show. I have no such time. You can watch it every day; we are busy.”
Meanwhile, in spite of the defections, the National Chairman of the PDP Uche Secondus has insisted that the party is not bordered on the development, assuring that it will reclaim the presidential seat it lost in 2015.
“We stand here to state clearly that we will form the next government, come 2023, because of the masses, not the governors who are leaving the PDP,” Secondus said during a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.