2023: Why it is difficult to market PDP – Wike

By Chris Ezeonoh

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Tuesday said convincing Nigerians that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has what it takes to rescue the country in 2023 has become an uphill task since the party has thrown zoning and inclusivity overboard in its internal mechanism.

Wike stated this in Government House, Port Harcourt when the management of New Telegraph Newspaper, led by the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Mr Ayodele Aminu presented its letter nominating him as the Political Icon of the Year, 2022.

The Governor who took a retrospect of how things stand in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said there is evidence of marginalization of a section of the country.

He noted that peace and security will remain elusive across Nigeria if the majority tribes and those who think they have dominance over others continue to marginalize them.

Wike asserted that for there to be an enduring future for Nigeria, all Nigerians must see themselves as equal stakeholders in the project called Nigeria.

“The problem in this country today is not only as a result of the banditry or kidnapping, no. Part of the issue that has to do with security is the issue of marginalization.

“And I continue to tell our people or those who believe that they are dominant, you need peace for you to preside over those who you think do not have the number. You need peace. If there is no peace, it will be difficult.”

The governor insisted that blackmail cannot diminish the demand for the national chairmanship position of PDP to be relinquished to the South. According to him, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of PDP, had promised to resign his position should the presidential candidate of the party emerge from the north.

“He made that commitment because he knows that it will not be equitable, there will be no fairness and justice if the presidential candidate comes from the same zone with him. And people are trivializing the issue. Why do you trivialize the issue?”

Speaking further, the Rivers State governor reaffirmed that his allies are resolved to continue the demand for the return of the national chairmanship position to the South.

Governor Wike maintained that Ayu is corrupt because he has not been able to account for the N11b realized from the party’s primary, and the N100 million he got from a governor.

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“If you like abuse us the way you want to abuse us, we will stand by what we have said. If you say you will not relinquish that position to the South, no problems. Go ahead, but you can’t force us to do what we think is not right, we will not do it. So, this kind of man cannot, in all honesty, take this party to any victory. He cannot.”

The governor also blamed the media as being part of the problem of Nigeria saying they have lost the courage to speak truth to power and hold leaders accountable.

He wondered why the media was bold to speak against former president Goodluck Jonathan and has now lost sincerity of purpose to hold people in positions, and those jostling for public offices accountable for what they say and do.

In his speech, the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of New Telegraph Newspaper, Mr Ayodele Aminu said they had in 2017 awarded governor Wike the award as the governor of the year in infrastructure because of his contributions in Rivers and leadership in the PDP.

According to him, they have continued to follow his track records of performance and healthy politicking that has given true meaning to democratic governance in the country.

Aminu said they are delighted to have him as the winner of the award as the Political Icon of the Year 2022 because it fits no one else but him.

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