The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has condemned the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of merely retaining the party’s current structure to remain in power and not to win the 2023 election.
The Governor said this while speaking on a live television program in Port Harcourt, describing the NWC as sowing a discord seed among PDP governors and jeopardizing the party’s aim.
According to him, “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 election.”
He expressed regret that the party’s NWC is deepening cracks in the party rather than building a formidable force and enabling synergy to regain the seat of power.
“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 I 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”.
The Governor noted that it is the right time for them as an opposition party to strategize measures to meet the nation’s demands and sowing seed of discord among governors as in the case of former governors of Imo and Cross River States and present 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 said he would continue to do what is needed to ensure the survival of the PDP as he cannot defect to the APC or another political party.
“I will not allow anybody to kill PDP. They have 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”, Wike stated.
Wike added that the decision of NWC to jettison the recommendations of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom-led committee set up to reconcile the party in Niger and Plateau States is deceitful.