- The ruling APC has attacked the opposition PDP
- The ruling party alleged that Governor Wike of Rivers state is now the sole administrator of PDP
- It advised members of the PDP who genuinely believe in the APC’s progressive ideologies to dump the opposition party and come to its (APC's) fold
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly alleged that the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has become the sole administrator of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It said it was now obvious that the governor had become the party’s defacto national chairman, spokesperson and sole administrator, who determines what happens in the PDP.
The APC said this in a statement signed by the acting national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja on Sunday, September 30.
He alleged that since Nigerians rejected the PDP which ruled the nation for 16 years, it had become obvious that there was nothing democratic about PDP’s policies and practices.
Read the statement in full:
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) formed the federal government and many state governments for 16 years before Nigerians rejected the Party in 2015 for its many acts of corruption, impunity and waste.
“As events have shown, it is a misnomer to call the party, Peoples Democratic Party as there is nothing democratic about its policies and practices.
“The PDP to all intents and purposes has become the theatre of the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike. Since assuming office after the disputed 2015 Rivers governorship election, Wike has assumed the role of de facto PDP National Chairman, sole administrator, spokesman, organising secretary and BoT Chairman.
“Recall Governor Wike’s imposition of an erstwhile PDP national chairman without a formal convention and the leaked telephone conversation of Governor Wike (allegedly) threatening to kill INEC officials he had paid to rig the rivers rerun election in favour of the PDP.
“Most recently, Governor Wike threatened the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, other PDP presidential aspirants and leaders to ‘Teach them a bitter lesson’ if they ‘dared’ to oppose his decision to host the PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Governor Wike had his way.
“It is an open secret that Governor Wike’s insistence on Port Harcourt is to manipulate and influence his choice of presidential candidate from the crowd of PDP presidential aspirants, virtually all of whom stole the nation’s commonwealth in the recent past.
“It is surprising that the PDP with its supposed seasoned politicians will sit by and allow Governor Wike use the PDP as his personal property, to determine who gets what, when and how, and where party conventions must be held. What happened to internal party democracy? Of course, this is an alien concept to the PDP.
“Our great party, the APC has ensured that party processes are inclusive and participatory. The progressive Direct Primaries method of electing party candidates introduced by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led APC national leadership is a solid demonstration of our drive to ensure that internal party democracy is adhered to. This is a departure from the cash and carry system institutionalised by the PDP.
“PDP members who genuinely believe in our progressive ideologies are encouraged to leave the sinking PDP and join the APC where their voices will be heard and decisions taken collectively. They should leave the Wike Autocratic Party (WAP) for the Rivers state governor and his minions, bent on foisting their unpopular and undemocratic will on the majority.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the governorship primary of the Lagos chapter of the APC was allegedly set to be moved again, following the intervention of the national secretariat of the ruling party, in the crisis rocking the chapter.
According to The Cable, the exercise may be moved to Tuesday, October 2 or Wednesday, October 3, to allow the national secretariat solve a number of issues in the state.
The incumbent governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, is being challenged for the APC’s 2019 gubernatorial ticket, by Jide Sanwo-Olu, who has the backing of the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
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