Expel me, if sure you will survive – Gov Wike challenges PDP
Wike has been leading a team of five aggrieved governors of the PDP, known as the G-5, against the presidential candidate of their party, Atiku Abubakar.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to expel him and face the consequences.
Governor Wike has been leading a team of five aggrieved governors of the PDP, known as the G-5, against the presidential candidate of their party, Atiku Abubakar.
Newsflash Nigeria learnt that the PDP alleged a threat move to expel the G-5 governors of the party if they move to endorse any presidential candidate other than Atiku.
The G-5 governors are Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu states.
Sources gathered that if the party expelled G-5 governors, the implication is that Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde who is seeking re-election, will lose the right to be on the ballot.
It also affects three other governors; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu states who seeking senatorial seats, they will no longer be candidates of the party going into the elections.
Ortom is contesting as the Benue North-West Senatorial District under the PDP ticket. Also, Ikpeazu is the PDP candidate for Abia South Senatorial District and Ugwuanyi is running for the Enugu North Senatorial District.
The party allegedly threatened to write the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and notify the electoral body that it does not have any candidates for those positions.
PDP on Thursday revealed that the party will not hesitate to bring the full weight of its constitution to bear on any member that goes contrary to its laid down rules and regulations no matter how highly placed.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba said that the party will not spare any member that violates the constitution of the party.
Ologunagba reacted while G-5 governors romance with APC presidential candidate Tinubu and some of them have tickets for the PDP.
Ologunagba disclosed that everything was still in the realm of speculation but if anything untoward happens, the PDP is a “Party that deals with rules and laws, we have our organs and processes and we follow our rules. The party takes action after due consideration of all the issues.
“So when those things happen, the constitution of the party will deal with them. We are a party that is very organised, united and concerned about the elections and Nigerian people, but that does not mean that if anybody, no matter how highly placed, goes contrary to the provision of the constitution of the party, the constitution will not kick in.”
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Meanwhile, Nyesom Wike dared the PDP to expel him and face the consequences.
Wike threw down the gauntlet while he was flagging off a new road in Rivers State.
He said: “In 2003 when President Olusegun Obasanjo wanted to run for a second tenure―a whole president wanted to run for a second tenure―he knelt down before his vice and said, ‘my vice, please, allow me to run.’
“You know one of the conditions he gave him? That Tony Anenih must be sacked as the Minister of Works and that Tony Anenih must not be in the presidential campaign council. Obasanjo obliged and sacked Tony Anenih as the Minister of Works and removed him from the presidential campaign council. This is a president,[and] his own vice giving him condition; a retired General knelt down and was given conditions.
“We (G5) are not even doing that; we are not saying sack this one; we are only saying that the constitution of our party must be respected based on what the national chairman said and based on what you told me in my house.”
The governor then dared the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to expel him from the party, saying “try and see how you will survive it.”