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Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by dre11(m): 8:27am On Sep 21, 2019
by Gbade OGUNWALE




The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in a fix on how to handle Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who they believe is currently a threat to the party’s unity.

Party sources cited the governor’s action which forced it to hold its National Convention last year in Port Harcourt as against its initial plan to hold it in Abuja; his recent criticism of the panel set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the emergence of Mr. Ndidi Elumelu as the PDP minority leader in the House of Representatives ahead of the governor’s personal choice, Mr Kingsley Chinda; and the governor’s congratulatory message to President Muhammadu Buhari following the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal which upheld the outcome of the February election.

The party and its candidate are displeased with the verdict and have vowed to go to the Supreme Court to seek redress.

Party sources yesterday described Wike’s actions as conflicting with PDP’s interests.
They said his actions were threats to the unity and cohesion of the PDP.

One source said although the governor has bailed the party out of many financial difficulties, he seems to be setting out on a collision course with the party or sees himself as untouchable with some of his recent utterances.

Party sources admitted that though some of the governor’s utterances were indeed not in the best interest of the party, it was imperative to manage the situation with all the necessary tact so as not to rock the boat and in view of the strategic importance of Rivers State to the party.

Sources recalled how Wike pressurised the party leadership to concede the position of House of Reps minority leader to his candidate as compensation for his contributions and the loss of his candidate in the presidential primaries, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal.

However, Elumelu outsmarted both Wike and the party to get the position.


Bid to appease Wike fails

To appease the governor’s feelings, the PDP had summoned Elumelu and some of his loyalists in the House for explanations on why they went against the party’s directive, but they spurned the summons and were subsequently suspended for one month.

Also affected by the suspension order were Lynda Ikpeazu, Wole Oke, Anayo Edwin, Gideon Gwadi, Toby Okechukwu and Adekoya Abdul-Majid.

While the controversy raged, the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), on July 9, raised a five-man committee to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the Reps’ act of “recalcitrance”, with the committee given three weeks to submit its report.

A former President of the Senate, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, was chairman of the committee.
Other members were Senator David Mark, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Senator Ibrahim Mantu and a former Deputy Reps Speaker, Austin Opara who served as secretary to the committee. However, Opara resigned from the committee before it concluded its assignment.

But while the report of the committee was being awaited, Governor Wike openly accused members of the committee of corruption, saying they had compromised their integrity.

“The Committee set up by the PDP on the illegal emergence of Ndudi Elumelu is the most corrupt committee ever set up by the party,” he said.

“We thank our worthy son, Rt Hon Austin Opara, for withdrawing from that committee, so that he is not entangled in the illegal activities of the tainted committee.”

He warned the PDP not to toy with Rivers State, saying it was not in the interest of the party to do so.

“We are warning PDP to be careful not to toy with Rivers State. Rivers State has all it takes to withstand the PDP and fight the party to a standstill.

“The Rivers State Governor is not one of those governors that anyone can cajole. The Rivers State governor is not one of those governors that will kowtow to their illicit activities,” Wike had declared.

A jolted Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party quickly responded to the governor’s outburst by calling several meetings to deliberate on the report of the Ayu committee.


Confusion over Ayu committee’s report

What followed its last meeting held at the party’s Abuja secretariat on Thursday was a drama that put the entire BoT and the NWC in a fix.

At a joint press briefing shortly after the meeting, the chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jubrin, and the Secretary, Wabara, openly disagreed over the status of the committee’s report on Elumelu.

While Jubrin said that the BoT had received the Ayu committee report but was yet to submit same to the party’s NWC, Wabara countered him, saying: “We have considered the report and we have submitted the report on Elumelu to the NWC.”

The foregoing was followed by muffled disagreement between the two elderly party chieftains, with the BoT chair raising objection to the Secretary’s statement even as the latter stood his ground.

Although their verbal exchange was in hushed tones, it was audible enough for journalists to hear their voices.

The disagreement dragged till the end of the press briefing, with the two board members frowning and mumbling at each other as they left the venue and walked through the drizzling rain into their waiting cars.

It was gathered that Elumelu was able to impress it on the Ayu committee that it would be unfair and unjust for Wike to impose the national chairman on the party and also impose the Minority Leader from the same state.

Curiously, while the BoT meeting was still ongoing, earlier in the day, the leadership of the party issued a statement regarding the disputed report.

Spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the NWC had not received the said report from the BoT.

The statement reads in full: “In the light of public enquiries and conflicting reports on the position of the leadership of our great party on issues related to the minority leadership of the House of Representatives;

“The National Working Committee (NWC) hereby clarifies that it has not yet received any report from the Board of Trustees (BoT) concerning the outcome of the five-member committee it set up to intervene on the contentious matter.

“Consequently, the NWC maintains that it has not taken any decision to review its subsisting stance on the minority leadership of the House of Representatives.

“The NWC therefore urges critical stakeholders, party members and the general public to completely disregard any report to the contrary.”


Party silent on Wike’s bombshell

The party and its National chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who was sponsored for the position by Wike, have also been silent on Wike’s allegation that some PDP governors routinely pay homage to Buhari at night at the Presidential Villa.

He was responding to criticism after he congratulated Buhari on the verdict of the tribunal.

Some party members believe that Secondus does not want to offend Wike, his benefactor.
But Secondus dismissed the insinuation, saying that there was nothing on ground to suggest that he was being influenced by the Rivers State governor.

His media adviser, Ike Abonyi, who spoke with our correspondent yesterday, said there is the tendency for people to see the chairman in that light for the simple reason that Secondus and Wike are both from Rivers State.

Regarding the governor’s congratulatory message to President Buhari and the chairman’s silence, Abonyi said the national leadership of the party had stated its position on the tribunal’s judgment and that the party’s position remained supreme.

Asked to comment on what stakeholders described as disturbing trends in the PDP fold, Ologbondiyan had said: “It’s internal affairs of our party and we are resolving it.”


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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by fernandez1(m): 8:34am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by BlackfireX: 8:57am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Bolustical: 8:58am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Bolustical: 8:58am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by sogodihno: 9:04am On Sep 21, 2019
I want to use this medium to congratulate Jagaban of Nigeria politics, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu for the annihilation and decimation of this looting and ipob party.

PDP in Nigeria? Never again
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by ppreye(m): 9:04am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Jayslicky: 9:05am On Sep 21, 2019
shocked

Wike has a secret ambition to move over to APC, PDP has to start preparing how to still be in charge of Rivers State in 2023 elections.

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by ursullalinda(f): 9:05am On Sep 21, 2019
cool politicians will keep playing ten ten with our brains till we learn they don't care about US. It's all abt their personal interest

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by BlackfireX: 9:05am On Sep 21, 2019
Come to APC.....

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by MrBONE2(m): 9:06am On Sep 21, 2019
WIKE"THE LEOPARD OF RIVER STATE "Getting stronger every day grin

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Mosesvalue: 9:07am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by martowskin1(m): 9:07am On Sep 21, 2019
If u think PDP is different from APC, then u are a fool of the century



They can never deceive me like they are doing to some foolish NLs ....

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by GavelSlam: 9:07am On Sep 21, 2019
Dem never see anything.
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by solmusdesigns: 9:07am On Sep 21, 2019
cool


Wike giving them hypertension, awon alatenuje, Since Atiku's dollars has been frozen by EFCC and PDP are bankrupt they want to Scam Wike again

If Wike was smart to join APC for 2023, worst thing that can happen, he would contest for senatorship and if he fails he would get ministerial slot.. even a Dunce knows APC aint loosing 2023 with them owning INEC, Judiciary, CBN, DSS, Army, and Police

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Offpoint: 9:08am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by JONNYSPUTE(m): 9:08am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by FreelanceRebel: 9:08am On Sep 21, 2019
The beef is between Wike and Atiku + PDP Atikulators. Its like a case of Chicken threw my medicine away... I will break his eggs - Yoruba adage.

PDP has nothing to lose in the fight, but for sure the hungry pdp members will definitely starve to death

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Ikegift4real(m): 9:08am On Sep 21, 2019
Wine is not far from the truth. Although both parties HV no clear cut goals, just slogans.
PDP should start working towards 2023 .

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Wiseandtrue(f): 9:09am On Sep 21, 2019
Nigerian party system is just like any organization in Nigeria that lacks control!!!

The earlier the PDP concentrate on their members doing well in their respective state, the better it will be for them

They should leave Wike and concentrate on good leadership, The truth is that they can't afford to lose Wike right now

Currently, Wike is like a president but in a mini state!!!

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Jones4190(m): 9:09am On Sep 21, 2019
I welcome any thing that will lead to the buried of PDP

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Eraserubbish(m): 9:10am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Angelfrost(m): 9:12am On Sep 21, 2019
Lol... Wike has already filled his APC form... He knows, as most other Nigerians, that PDP's demise (due to its failure to purge itself) is a forgone conclusion.

Dear PDP, the idiot governing Rivers state is the least of your problems right now. grin

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by straighttalk(m): 9:14am On Sep 21, 2019
Empty Threat
Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by DeviIhimseIf: 9:18am On Sep 21, 2019
solmusdesigns:
cool


Wike giving them hypertension, awon alatenuje, Since Atiku's dollars has been frozen by EFCC and PDP are bankrupt they want to Scam Wike again

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by concacid: 9:20am On Sep 21, 2019
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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by GidiWoodsMan(m): 9:20am On Sep 21, 2019
Wike has been an APC mole since that period his candidate lost out to Atiku at the primaries. Now he's getting ready to defect to them.

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Re: Confusion In PDP Over Wike's Threat by Olukat(m): 9:21am On Sep 21, 2019
GidiWoodsMan:
Wike has been an APC mole since that period his candidate lost out to Atiku at the primaries. Now he's getting ready to defect to them.


grin grin grin You don't even know who you are talking about, Wike mole?
Gov. Wike is someone you can't gag or known for cowardice.
PDP leaders failed to honor all agreed terms and you want him to remain silence?
However, it's a big family affair and it will end with a toast and laughter.

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