With less than 24 hours to its governorship election primary in Edo State, the People‘s Democratic Party (PDP) is engulfed in a crisis of confidence, with Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, declaring his withdrawal from the reconciliation process to ensure Governor Godwin Obaseki emerges as the party‘s candidate.
Wike who stated his intention to back out yesterday while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt further accused some members of PDP National Working Committee (NWC) of being sycophants and tax collectors who will never tell the truth.
He also predicted that the looming crisis in PDP will make that of APC a child‘s play.
Obaseki was granted waiver and screened for the governorship primaries after defecting to the PDP last week.
However, when it seemed Obaseki had gotten the green light of key party stakeholders to contest for the governorship ticket on Thursday, an aspirant, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, filed a suit in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, seeking to restrain the governor from participating in the primaries.
Miffed by a report in the media alleging his complicity in the matter, Wike accused some members of the NWC of instigating the blackmail against him, noting that he has had sleepless nights trying to resolve the thorny issues arising from Obaseki‘s defection to PDP.
He said, „Instead of the NWC to carry everybody along in Edo state, they resorted to using the media to blackmail him.
„I told them that in Edo State, we must handle the issue carefully and carry everybody along. They must respect human beings and not behave like tax collectors.
„They said because an order was obtained from a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, then I am responsible.
„I have had sleepless nights to resolve the issue in Edo State. The Governors of Edo, Adamawa, and Delta states, know what I have done to resolve the issues in Edo State.
„As a result of this senseless accusation, I have pulled out of Edo State settlement. My integrity matters.“
Noting that he has directed his lawyers to write the newspaper (not LEADERSHIP) that published the said report against him, he said he knew the members of the PDP NWC who connived with the newspaper.
„They are tax collectors. Let them challenge me and I will come out with more facts. Nobody will rubbish me by raising false accusations against me. I will fight back“, he stated
The governor who said he would no longer participate in any reconciliation wondered why the NWC now wants to consult governors of the party when they failed to do so in the case of Bayelsa State.
Warning that if PDP was not careful, it will make the crisis in the APC look like a child‘s play, Wike said, „I am brought up not to accept injustice, and that is why I keep speaking out on national issues. Nobody in PDP can intimidate Rivers State.
„Nobody can threaten me because I said things must be done constitutionally. I will always continue to satisfy my conscience. From now on, I want to concentrate on the development of Rivers State“.