Send us back the PDP Mandate – The Sun Nigeria
From Tony John, Port Harcourt
rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday in Port Harcourt called on Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi to return the party to the mandate he won on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Wike made this request at the inauguration of the eastern bypass road in Port Harcourt.
He said it was rather unfortunate that instead of appealing the court’s judgment that removed him, Governor Umahi retaliated by making reckless statements attacking the judge.
“Watch a governor make a reckless statement just because a judge made a judgment of his own opinion, which you have the right to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court.
“You called someone a thief in the market and you say I’m sorry. It’s late. Sorry, we members of the public are not taking it,” Wike said.
He pointed out that it was the first time in Nigeria’s political history that a governor’s defection to another party was challenged in court.
He said the DPP’s decision to challenge the defection of the governor and other elected officials on its platform should be seen as a clear example of what is needed to strengthen democracy.
Governor Wike pointed out that it was members of the PDP who took Governor Umahi to court asking him for the party’s mandate.
He said, “If our party did this earlier when people were leaving for the National Assembly, we wouldn’t have had the problem we have today.
“This is one of the problems of the party leadership. People can’t come out and take the bull by the horns. So, Governor Umahi, rest assured that PDP will pursue this case all the way to the Supreme Court. We will continue the case. »
He said it is no longer acceptable for someone to win an election and move on with the victory to another party for fear of escaping a visit from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“You carry the voices of another party and join another party. Can you transfer votes? You work hard to get someone to win the election and tomorrow the person will say I defected.
“If you’ve defected, leave the seat if you know it’s easy. And that will defeat most of these political prostitutes who will never sit in one place,” he said.
The Governor of Rivers State also hit the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, who had spoken in a strange way against the PDP.
Wike said he had written to the party’s national chairman and explained why a disciplinary committee should be set up against the deputy governor, who he said lost his district in the last election.
“That’s what I’m talking about, impunity. I was watching when a Deputy Governor ranted in the media, threatening the party that there is an alternative to the PDP.
“This is the same Deputy Governor who knelt down to beg us to give them an umbrella. Today he has the brazenness to threaten PDP,” he said.
He also chastised the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for reneging on its agreement to contribute 50% of the cost of the construction of the eastern bypass road that leads to its headquarters in Port Harcourt.
During the inauguration of the road project, the former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Ibrahim, noted with joy the tireless implementation of projects by Governor Wike in virtually all sectors to provide a quality life for the people. residents of Rivers.
According to him, such a measure of service in the public service is a proof of transparency and accountability, as the people can see how public resources are deployed for the good of all residents.
He affirmed that the entire leadership of the PDP recognizes and takes pride in the quality of service provided by Wike, who has become a worthy example of what political leadership should be in Nigeria.