Tony Ita Etim
Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that the successful conduct of the August 17th National Convention of the party flows from the commitment of all bona-fide members to reposition it, in the interest of the country.
In a statement after the convention, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, stressed that Governor Wike in an interview noted that the calibre of members who graced the convention proved that the party had moved on after the unnecessary crisis generated by its former National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Governor Wike said: “The calibre of persons who attended the National Convention is an indication that the PDP remains strong with quality members who are ever ready to make sacrifices.
“At the national convention were PDP Governors, former governors, Senators, House of Representatives members, former ministers, BOT members, all State PDP chairmen, party elders and delegates from all over the country. We are happy that the party has moved on.”
He noted that the PDP was a law abiding Party, which did not struggle with the security agencies after they illegally invaded the initial venue of the National Convention. He said the party leaders and delegates simply moved to another location for a successful National Convention.
He said: “All the vehicles used by the police to invade the Sharks Stadium were bought by my administration. All the armoured personnel carriers they used were serviced by my administration. What happened was unfortunate.”
He berated the security agencies for refusing to obey the judgment order of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt where as parties to the suit they were directed to provide security for the national convention.
He Stressed: “If the PDP had used the security agencies to torment the APC this way, by now the APC wouldn’t have been in power.”
The governor said that something was fundamentally wrong in a situation where a particular judge handles all suits involving the PDP in Abuja.
He said before the judge in question, Sheriff brings all the lawyers for the plaintiff and defendants, setting in motion the structure for pre-determined outcomes.
He noted that the governors of Kano and Borno States had claimed that the APC would profit from the leadership of Ali Modu Sheriff. He said that unfolding events had proved that the sacked former Acting National Chairman was working for the APC.
“Sheriff is not an asset to PDP because he cannot win elections in Borno state. For us, we are working to rebuild the party,” the governor said.