Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has asked the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to stop using the state’s money to destroy top sons and daughters of the state.
Eze also called on the Governor to leave the embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus alone, adding that governors that left the main opposition party did so because of Wike’s overbearing attitude.
Eze, an erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, also lauded PDP Board of Trustees, BoT and governors for standing against Wike and rescuing the party from his alleged draconian claws
Eze called out Gov. Nyesom Wike, as the real Jonah onboard the ship of the PDP, and absolved the party’s national chair of any wrong-doing.
In a statement made available to BBNAIJA ONLINE”, the APC chieftain said there was need to put certain records in proper perspective and inform Nigerians accordingly.
“Categorically, I wish to reiterate that I am neither a fan of Prince Uche Secondus nor a sympathetic observer of the present confused and pitiable state of the PDP, but as a concerned and patriotic Nigerian who has followed and participated in the politics of the party from the fons et origo, I am compelled to put some records straight, particularly as regarding the current rift between Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the umbrella party and also a Rivers man.”
Eze said it was unfortunate to observe that the PDP has continued to be enmeshed in layers of raging crisis that threaten its existence and throw it off the line of reasonably playing the Chief roles of a responsible opposition to the ruling party and government at the center.
Eze said he is very much aware that the bickering and political hustling of both Wike and Secondus are geared towards producing a Northern Presidential candidate for the PDP in the 2023 election.
The APC stalwart expressed angst over Gov. Wike’s planned-forceful takeover of the party noting that billions of Rivers money has been wasted already and more have been earmarked for his takeover bid, all at the detriment of Rivers people whose common patrimony has again earned the Governor another sobriquet, “Father Christmas”.
“Although Wike plans to box Secondus out of office by all means and with Rivers money, the Governor has suddenly forgotten that at the time Secondus was the Chairman of Rivers State PDP, he was a mere Local Government Chairman and can never be more politically conscious than the man we all know as Total Chair.
Eze said he has never been a fan of Secondus but could not watch with arms folded as Wike deployed his dangerous techniques in his ploy to rubbish and decimate the impacts of the PDP Chairman, accusing the Rivers governor of fighting hard to ensure that nobody stands politically in Rivers State except him.
Those he cannot destroy he cage into what is now addressed as Wike’s Cathedral of spent political forces without any job description but following him to functions and clapping for him. His efforts to destroy the political legacies and personality of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, is in the public domain and his recent move to pull down Secondus is trending.
Eze said though Wike made efforts in ensuring Secondus emerged as the National Chairman of the opposition PDP, it was undemocratic, selfish and devious for the Governor to move for his removal without waiting for the party’s national convention.
Eze reiterated that Governor Wike should desist from deploying the scarce funds of the State to fight, and decimate Rivers political leaders, just to curry favour for the advancement of his own political fortune.
Speaking on the movement of PDP Governors to the APC, Chief Eze counseled the BoT members and other stakeholders of the party to critically and carefully investigate inwards the root causes of why the Governors and other key members of the party are moving over to APC.
He urged the PDP to beam her light brighter, assuring that they must discover Wike as the root cause of the woes of the party and he has instigated more people to leave the PDP before the end of 2021.
“The party can only know peace when Gov. Wike learns how to respect his colleagues and desist from handling issues pertaining to the party as personal, as no one man own the party.
“Wike should be very careful with Secondus otherwise he will end up not having any platform or party for his Rivers Governorship candidate in 2023. It’s unfortunate Rivers Treasury is being wasted to fight and remove our own son to take over PDP. ”
Meanwhile, Secondus had vowed never to resign as the National Chairman of the main opposition party.
BBNAIJA ONLINE” quoted a statement by his media aide, Ike Abunyi as saying that Secondus has not done anything to warrant the call for his resignation by some members of the PDP.
The PDP Chairman said that nothing so far warrants his resignation, urging those fighting against him to come clean, adding that such persons must tell members of the party across the country his offense and why he should resign.
Backing Secondus, a former governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson has said that the party Chairman was elected into the office and as such, can only be removed by the National Convention.
This was after some members of the PDP House of Representatives Caucus, demanded the resignation of Secondus and alleged that his style of leadership has given rise to intra-party alienation in several quarters.