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Don’t Plunge Rivers Into Crisis, PDP Group Tells Wike

Posted: Jul 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent, Owerri

THE Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has been advised to desist from acts capable of plunging the state into crisis and attracting negative consequences to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Consequently, the Board of Trustees and National Working Committee of the party have been called upon to quickly call Wike to order before he derails the party’s plan to return to power in 2019.

Adderssing a news conference in Abuja, Concerned PDP Democrats, frowned at the energy being dissipated by Wike in hounding his predecessor instead of concentrating on working for Rivers people and delivering on the campaign promises of the party.

Coordinator, of the group, Elvis J. Agukwe, said his group was alarmed at the personal vendetta being pursued by Wike against the former governor, Rotimi Amaechi, to the detriment of the job for which he was elected to do.

He listed such acts by Wike to include setting up a Commission of Inquiry to probe Amaechi administration, sack of lecturers and other workers and the reversal of some policies “without proper advice”.

He said it was unfortunate that Wike had decided to repeat Amaechi’s mistakes which attracted disapproval by the Rivers people.

He said: “While we do not support Amaechi in his act of rebellion, we believe sincerely that what Wike is doing is hurting PDP more.

“For instance, those that he sacked are Rivers’ indigenes who probably voted for PDP. How then will they look at the party?”

Agukwe also stressed that probing the past administration might be counter productive as APC could retaliate and go after President Goodluck Jonathan and other past PDP governors.

“While we are not covering for anybody, who is sure that Wike will come out clean if the probe is extended to the Federal Ministry of Education where he served as a Minister of State?” he asked.

He also expressed concern that Wike was yet to come to terms with the fact that Jonathan lost the election mainly because of the feud between him and Amaechi.

He stated that if Wike and others had acted rationally by reconciling the two brothers instead of stoking the fire that led to Amaechi’s rebellion, the Presidency would still have been in the South South.

Agukwe, counselled Wike, whom he described as the sole beneficiary of the feud, not to further engage in acts that would scuttle the PDP’s chances of bouncing back to power in 2019.