The national youth vanguard of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, is working for Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Bala Aboki, the national coordinator of the group, said this in a communique issued after its meeting on Friday in Kano.
The group alleged that Wike’s call for the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the PDP, is to cause distraction in the opposition party ahead of the 2023 elections.
“We have been made aware of an agreement entered into between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and the former Lagos State Governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC), Presidential Candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to destroy the PDP from within in exchange for his protection when he leaves office in 2023,” the statement reads.
“Nigerians need to know that the concern of Governor Wike is not the interest of the South as been postulated by him and his friends, but a personal battle to cover up his misdemeanours.
“In the first instance, why is Governor Wike always at the forefront of championing the removal of party chairmen at any given opportunity? Recall that in 2016 after the loss of the PDP in the 2015 general elections, it was Governor Wike who orchestrated the installation of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as chairman of the party who nearly destabilized the party, except for the Supreme Court ruling of July 12, 2017.
“In the 2017 National Convention of the party, the same Governor Wike, denied Chief Bode George, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola and others from the South West from producing the National Chairmanship of the party when the PDP zoned the position to the south, and championed the installation of his brother, Prince Uche Secondus as Chairman of the party.
“Before Prince Secondus could complete his tenure, Governor Wike again moved for his removal in order to pave way for his personal and selfish interest of campaigning for a southern president and later installed Senator Iyorchia Ayu as Chairman of the party. Today, the same Governor is calling for the removal of Senator Ayu. Is he the only person in the PDP?”
The PDP youth vanguard called on the leadership of the party and the presidential candidate to ignore Wike and go ahead with its scheduled campaigns.