Serious crisis in Rivers State PDP as the three Senators oppose Gov Wike on the appointment of all the LGA party Chairmen, Secretaries, Women leaders and Youth leaders, vow to resist the attempt to impose Amb. Desmond Akawo as the State party Chairman and other Excos
We were reliably informed, that Senator Apiafi, Senator Sekibo and Senator Sekibo lost out completely and they are planning for a total showdown as they have urged their supporters to calm
It is no longer news, that all is not well with Rivers PDP as the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Ezebunwo Nyeso Wike, have hijacked the ward, Local Government and State congresses of the party.
Information available has it that, all those who Gov Wike sees as having one ambition or the other, were not allowed to make inputs in the just concluded ward and local government congresses. Even the three Senators from Rivers State were not allowed to make inputs as they could not even nominate one Executive in their various wards.
The New Allied, a political pressure group in PDP, has condemned in strong terms the imposition of some party officials by Gov Wike against the will of the people of Rivers State PDP. It is disheartening to note, that even the party National Chairman, Secondus was not allowed to produce both his ward and local government party Chairman.
The spokesman of the group Mr. Sokari Chile Rufus said on good authority, that before the local government congresses, Gov Wike gave an other, that the leaders should go to their respective LGAs and nominate all other Excos except the Chairmen, Secretaries, Women leaders and Youth leaders. A decision that didn’t go down well with almost all the leaders, but for fear of the unknown, the choose to die in silence.
We were reliably informed, that Senator Apiafi, Senator Sekibo and Senator Sekibo lost out completely and they are planning for a total showdown as they have urged their supporters to calm down. The Senators and other leaders who are not please with the dictatorship that have taken a centre stage in the party, have vowed to resist the attempt and stop the injustice.
We are aware, that the essence of what Gov. Wike is doing, is to try to get those who will vote for his preferred governorship aspirant in 2023 as the positions he have set aside will be part of the automatic delegates to decide who will be the party Guber candidate and other positions.
As early as 9am today, the local government congresses has been concluded with the positions mentioned above. Immediate after the congresses at the various LGAs, the officials moved to government house to collect the names of the Chairmen, Secretaries, Women leaders and Youth leaders from Gov. Wike. This was done in isolation of all the leaders of the party including the National Chairman of the party.
We were further informed, that Gov. Wike wanted to revive his NGO (GDI) and he decided to compensate them with those party sensitive positions undermining the party leadership in all levels in the State.
The worst of it all, is that Gov. Wike has abandoned all the leaders in the State who he suspected to be having governorship ambition and have decided to punish them by not allowing them to make any inputs in the congresses.
Majority of the leaders, including the Three Senators have concluded plans for a total showdown, if Gov. Wike refused to recognise other leaders and allow them to make inputs
Mr. Sokari Chile Rufus
18th March, 2020,