The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has denied allegations by Governor Nyesom Wike that some of its members were profiting from the crisis in the Edo State chapter of the party.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondinyan firmly rebuffed the claim by the governor about some of its members being tax collectors.
Governor Wike had on Tuesday pulled out of the Edo State Reconciliation programme of the party alleging that some NWC members were using the state to make money and at the same time tarnishing his image in the media.
Responding, to the claims the party described such publications as handwork of external forces and enemies of the PDP who are bent on sowing seeds of discord within the party.
“The NWC also wishes to place on record that none of its members has acted like a “tax collector” in whatever meaning the term represents, either in the process leading to the Edo primary election, or any other state.
“Our party holds Governor Wike and indeed all our PDP governors, who, of course, have been the pillars of our great party, with utmost respect and had always consulted them on all party affairs.
“The PDP appreciates the efforts and sacrifices of our governors and will not allow enemies of our party, who are out to cause disunity in our fold by sponsoring baseless publications against our leaders, to have their way.
“This time demands the unity of all our leaders in order to keep our political rivals, who are facing extinction, from importing their crises into our party.
“The PDP remains one indivisible family and our members are at alert and will continue to resist every attempt by external forces to divide our ranks at this critical time.”