Wike Discourags Rivers Reps Members from Pledging Loyalty to PDP-NWC

The recently elected National Assembly members in Rivers state have been charged by  Governor Nyesom Wike not to pledge loyalty to the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party when inaugurated.

The Governor stated this when the House of Representatives members-elect on the platform of the PDP visited him to present their certificates of return.

He noted that the party’s leadership played no role in the success of their elections, therefore, they should only be concerned about the interest of Rivers State and the unity of the country 

Speaking on the March 18 gubernatorial poll, the governor expressed confidence that the PDP in the state will perform well, adding that more groups are endorsing the party for the election.

Recall that Governor Wike and four other PDP governors had formed the G-5 or integrity group after the party had elected a Presidential candidate at the primary election. The group’s quest for a southern representative for the number seat for the party was not met and has since caused them to distance themselves from the presidential campaign. 

However, the presidential candidate of the party pulled a total of 6,984,520 votes, coming second in the race. Believing the election was marred and accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission of not conducting a free and fair poll, the leadership of the party  held a protest in Abuja on Monday 

Atiku had described Inec’s declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the race, as a “rape of democracy”.

Meanwhile, Wike had also mocked the PDP leaders for holding the protest. He commented on the action by the PDP while speaking at the commissioning of Chokocho-Igbodo Road in the Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State, as earlier reported by Empire.

He said, “While other people are demonstrating, I am commissioning projects. I have not gone to do demonstration; my own is to commission projects and make my people happy.” 

“I owe nobody any apology at all. I am one of the apostles, one of those who stood firm that power must rotate to the South. This is for equity, this is for fairness and this is for justice.

“Whether you voted for Labour, I have no problem with you. Whether you voted for APC, I have no problem with you. That is what we have argued for: that the north has had it for eight years. Therefore the south must be there for eight years,” he said.

“I won three of the Senate seats – three over three. Ask them, did they win three over three? You cannot win!” the governor said.

“I told them; they said they would conspire against me. Those who said they’ll conspire against me are those wearing black. I am wearing white and they’re wearing black.”

Speaking on the aftermath of the presidential election, Wike informed PDP supporters that the first phase of “the war” is over and that the second phase is set to start.

“The second phase of the war: We must chase out the buccaneers and vampires. We are going to chase them out of the party and take our party and rebuild our party,” he said.

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