Middle Belt PDP Progressive Youth Forum, a socio-political pressure group, has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for being power drunk following his recent accusation that the panel set up by the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) to resolve the House of Representatives minority leadership crisis was corrupt.
This was contained in a strongly worded statement entitled, “INSULT ON AYU, MARK, MANTU: WIKE HAS CROSS THE RED LINE, signed by the Chairman, Gabriel Mudgat, Secretary, Alh. Ibrahim Nadama and Women Coordinator, Hon. Liatu Daniel and released to newsmen on Friday,13th September, 2019 in Abuja.
They condemned the statement credited to Governor Wike in which he allegedly made some defamatory remarks against the prominent leaders of the party and BOT members, saying it was an “unwarranted abuse on the highly regarded leaders of the region and political party”.
The youths in the statement, described Governor Wike as an “irresponsible and disruptive character in party politics who cannot thrive without crisis.
“But let it be known to him that the Middle Belt is not part of his political fiefdom. He has certainly crossed the red line by insulting the cream of Middle Belt political leaders and statesmen,” the group stated.
They demanded that Governor Wike “must immediately withdraw the defamatory statement against Senators Ayu, Mark, Mantu and others respectively with unreserved public apology”.
The Statement reads in parts:
INSULT ON AYU, MARK, MANTU: WIKE HAS CROSSED THE READ LINE
“As a group with a clear mandate to protect and promote the principles of democracy, justice, equity, and the political and socio- economic emancipation of the people of Middle Belt Region of Nigeria as enunciated by the founding fathers of the Region led by the Great Joseph Sarwuan Tarka of blessed memory, we ex8press our utmost displeasure over recent reports wherein the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, abused our foremost leaders.
“In the reports, Governor Wike described Distinguished Senator (Prof) Iyorchia Ayu, a former President of the Senate; Distinguished Senator David Mark, a former President of the Senate; and Distinguished Senator Ibrahim Mantu, a former Deputy President of the Senate as well as other respected National leaders from other regions, including the Distinguished Senator Adolphus Wabara, another former Senate President, etc. appointed into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) to investigate the Minority leadership crisis in the House of Representatives as most corrupt.
“As if that was not enough, he not only congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the APC, on his victory over the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, even when the party had just indicated that it would appeal to the Supreme Court, but also thoroughly insulted brother PDP Governors. Wike boasted and threatened to deal with the PDP, which built him from the scratch, politically.
“Much as we find these statements very distasteful, disrespectful, embarrassing, arrogant, and bombastic, they only go further to affirm Governor Wike as a disruptive character in party politics. To characterise Middle Belt leaders, including elder statesmen, whose political exposure dwarf his, shows that he needs some housekeeping in his political manners.
“Now, we are further convinced that Wike is a man, who cannot thrive without crisis; hence where there is none, he creates one. Wike not only levies war on the people of Rivers State, but also does so against anybody that holds contrary views, including the military, parliament, judiciary, fellow governors, PDP, and political chieftains. It is either Wike’s way or the high way.
“Governor Wike’s threat to deal with the PDP and PDP Governors further confirms that the evils of impunity of one man dictating the tune and everyone else dancing sheepishly to it, which dethroned the PDP from power, has inadvertently mutated to Rivers State Government House”.