PDP Crisis: “Rent seekers, hyenas are frustrating peace efforts in PDP” – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that rent seekers in the People Democratic Party (PDP) were frustrating his efforts for amicable resolution of the crisis rocking the party.

He made the declaration while hosting the Cross-River PDP governorship candidate, Sen. Sandy Onor, and party stalwarts who visited him in Port-Harcourt, the State capital, yesterday.

Wike explained that the seeming intractable crisis in the PDP lingered because some vested interests, whom he described as “hyenas and rent seekers”, remained obstinate and averse to justice, fairness and equity. According to him, he would not support the current situation where the party’s presidential candidate, the National Chairman and the Director-General of the Presidential Campaign Council are all from the northern part of the country.

The governor said it was hypocritical of PDP members to criticise Muslim/Muslim ticket, while supporting that a particular region of the country should retain the presidency for another eight years. He insisted that for the sake of peace, PDP should adhere to its Constitution, which recommends that when a presidential candidate emerges from the North, the National Chairman should be from the South.

According to him, refusal to cede the national chairmanship position to the South will be a recipe for crisis in the party, adding that the clamour for the chairmanship of the PDP to be zoned to the South would persist until justice, fairness and equity prevailed.

Wike said the visit of the Cross-Rivers’ delegates would spur him to continue to support the party in Cross-River State ahead of the 2023 general elections.  He announced the donation of 25 buses to the party in the State. While thanking the Cross-River PDP delegates for the support given to him at the PDP presidential primary election, he stated that although he would not go to the State to vote, he would support the candidates as his friends.

The delegation comprised South-South PDP National Vice-Chairman, Mr Dan Orbih and other party members. Also in the delegation were Cross-River PDP Senatorial, House of Representatives, House of Assembly candidates as well as PDP local government party chairmen.

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