According to Governor Nyesom Wike, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) needs him if it wants to gain significant support in Rivers State.
In a press conference on Friday in Port Harcour, Wike insisted that the PDP cannot claim to have done its part in Rivers State without him carrying out his duties as a beloved governor.
“You don’t need me.” I concur, but it is impossible to claim that you can live without me in this state (Rivers),” Wike said.
The governor went on to say that it is unfortunate that the PDP is being torn apart by people who almost ever contribute to discussions.
The campaign to have Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP National Chairman, removed is not unrelated to Wike’s remarks. A cause that, according to the governor of Rivers State, became urgent given that no Southerner holds any of the top three positions in the PDP.
According to the governor, the current PDP turmoil only serves to convince Nigerians that the party cannot be trusted in the run-up to the 2023 elections.
Wike claimed that the party’s current pride problem could spell its demise when Nigerians go back to the elections.
We did not win the election because we were too haughty, and now we are telling Nigerians that they cannot trust us because we say one thing and do another.
Wike continued by stating that it is unfortunate that no southerner holds any of the three top posts within the PDP, which he claimed is a threat to internal harmony.
He continued by saying that the PDP’s rejection of the zoning scheme, which would have seen a Southern candidate emerge as the presidential flagbearer, sowed the seeds of conflict.
In terms of the future, Governor Wike said that in order for PDP to win the election, sacrifices and compromises must be made.
He emphasized that even though he might not be as important as some have said in some circles, the PDP needs a governor like himself to be successful in the south.