GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike Thursday mocked Atiku Abubakar over his 2014 defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC vowing not to follow the same path but to fight from within for what he dubbed as injustice in the party.
Wike at a Rivers PDP stakeholders meeting in Port Harcourt Thursday, the first of such since the rancorous presidential primaries and picking of running mate, also said he would tell his own side of the story on Friday.
Priding himself as a man of character who keeps his word, Wike said:
“I have always told people, if anybody is thinking we will leave PDP, foul. We will do the fight in the party. We are not like them, when in 2014 they walked out from Eagle Square. They’ve forgoten. They walked out and joined APC. Is it not correct,” Wike said of the defection of PDP stalwarts like Atiku Abubakar, Rotimi Amaechi among others to the APC under the aegis of the New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP.
“Did they remain to fight inside the party? But we remained, they ran away. Now, there is a fight in the party, we will not run. We will fight it in this party. Those who run away from fight are weak people. We will not. So everybody should know this is the state where we are. So that nobody tells you all kind of stories.”
The governor said that the party’s constitution’s provisions that clearly state that elective and party offices must be zoned should be respected, wondered why former PDP Board of Trustee (BOT) Chairman would be pressured to resign and while national chairman, Sen Iyorchia Ayu excused from doing what is right.
“You have taken presidential candidate, you have taken party chairman, you have also taken the D.G (director general) of campaign. We are talking about party politics. Decisions are made by the presidential candidate, chairman of party and the D.G of campaign,” Wike said besides his mockery of the 2014 defection of Atiku to the APC.
“They are telling you they told the chairman of the BOT to resign. So you know there is a problem. You said he should go and resign. You can pressure him to resign when his tenure hasn’t come to an end. But you cannot put pressure on the chairman to resign. You think at our level you will deceive us. You’ll tell us stories.”
He hinted on unveiling of Rivers State PDP campaign team next week with the campaign pattern adopted based on local government area peculiarity, emphasising that all PDP candidates in the State will be returned elected by Rivers people who are satisfied with the performance of his administration.
“We will take all. We are taking all because Rivers people are happy with what we have done in this state. we have not only provided infrastructure, we have also defended the interest of Rivers State”, he said.
In his response, State Chairman of the PDP, Ambassador Desmond Akawor said the party in the state has already passed a vote of confidence on Governor Wike for the way he has piloted the affairs of the State.