By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is mocking Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for kowtowing to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on the choice of venue for its national convention, describing the opposition party as a private estate of the governor.
In a statement, yesterday, in Abuja, spokesman of the APC, Yekini Nabena, said recent events have shown that it was a misnomer to call the party, Peoples Democratic Party, saying there was nothing democratic about its policies and practices.
It said: “The PDP, to all intents and purposes, has become the theatre of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike. Since assuming office after the disputed 2015 Rivers governorship election, Wike has assumed the role of de facto PDP national chairman, sole administrator, spokesman, organising secretary and BoT chairman.
“Recall Governor Wike’s imposition of an erstwhile PDP national chairman without a formal convention and the leaked telephone conversation of Governor Wike threatening to kill INEC officials he had paid to rig the Rivers rerun election in favour of the PDP.”
“PDP members who genuinely believe in our progressive ideologies are encouraged to leave the sinking PDP and join the APC where their voices will be heard and decisions taken collectively.
‘’They should leave the Wike Autocratic Party, WAP, for the Rivers State governor and his minions, bent on foisting their unpopular and undemocratic will on the majority.”
APC recalled that recently, Governor Wike threatened the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, other PDP presidential aspirants and leaders to “teach them a bitter lesson” if they “dared” to oppose his decision to host the PDP national convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
According to the party, “Governor Wike had his way. It is an open secret that Governor Wike’s insistence on Port Harcourt is to manipulate and influence his choice of presidential candidate from the crowd of PDP presidential aspirants.
“It is surprising that the PDP with its supposed seasoned politicians will sit by and allow Governor Wike use the PDP as his personal property, to determine who gets what, when and how, and where party conventions must be held. What happened to internal party democracy? Of course, this is an alien concept to the PDP.
“Our great party, the APC, has ensured that party processes are inclusive and participatory. The progressive direct primaries method of electing party candidates introduced by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led APC national leadership is a solid demonstration of our drive to ensure that internal party democracy is adhered to. This is a departure from the cash and carry system institutionalised by the PDP.