Atiku violated PDP’s constitution, can’t blame INEC for violating guidelines, says Wike
Rivers State governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said it is hypocritical for the national leadership of the PDP which blatantly jettisoned provisions of Section 7 (3) C of the party’s constitution that recommends rotation of elective and appointive offices, to accuse Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of not following its guidelines for the conduct of the 2023 general election.
Wike spoke on Thursday during the inauguration of the 10 kilometre internal roads constructed by his administration in Igwuruta town of Ikwerre local government area of the state.
The governor, who is the leader of the G-5 governors, said after the general election, those who violated the provisions of the PDP constitution for rotation of elective and appointive offices will be shown the way out of the party.
He said, “You are blaming INEC chairman, he did not follow guideline. Did you follow our own constitution? He who seeks equity must come with clean hands. Whatever you sow you will reap.”
Wike reiterated that by breaching Section 7 (3) C of the PDP constitution, the national leadership of the PDP committed anti-party that is responsible for the humiliating loss in the presidential election.
Though, he did not mention a name, it was clear that he was referring to PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar who he had continued to engage since the party’s primary election.
The governor said: “I am an apostle of power shift. I fought for it. I have no apology to anybody. I said power must shift from the north to the south. I did not commit any anti-party. I fought for the unity of the country. Those of them at the national level in PDP committed anti-party.
“When people abandon the provisions of constitution of their party that talks about zoning of elective and appointive offices, what is more anti-party than that? You that refuse to obey the constitution of your party because of impunity; because you think you have the number, so you refuse to obey the provisions of the constitution of your party.”
He said conscientious effort will be made to rebuild the PDP after the general election.
He hinted that irrespective of the antics of those who fragmented the party in a bid to achieve their inordinate ambition, he and other like minds will remain in politics to help rebuild PDP to a formidable political party.
Wike said, “We have finished the first phase of the war, we are going to the second phase of the war. In the second phase of the war, we must chase out the buccaneers and vampires. We are going to chase them out of the party, take our party and rebuild our party.
“These people left our party in 2014/2015 and our party lost in the election. Again, they have come back, our party has lost again. They have destroyed our party. We are going to chase them out of our party. They have no role to play in our party.”
He maintained that the loss suffered by the PDP in the presidential election was avoidable if not for the obstinacy of those who erroneously believed that certain cabal in Aso Rock Villa will install them in the presidency.
Wike said Rivers State has once again reaffirmed its commitment to the PDP by winning all the three senatorial and nine out of ten House of Representatives seats declared so far by INEC in the state.
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