May 9, 2024

Call Wike to order now before Rivers burns, Wabara tells Tinubu

SERAP sues Sani, Wike, others ‘over failure to account for N5.9trn, $4.6bn loans, publish agreements’

FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike

…urges Abia PDP faithful not to panic over exit of party chieftains

…as ex-chair, Sen Nwaka blames successors over party’s woes

By Steve Oko

Former Senate President and Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Adolphus Wabara has asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to call the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike to order, “before he plunges Rivers State into a needless political crisis.”

Wabara stated this while reacting to the latest move by pro-Wike lawmakers, and the call by the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on the Rivers House of Assembly to impeach Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

Recall that APC Chairman in Rivers, Tony Okocha, weekend, asked the lawmakers to immediately commence impeachment proceedings against the Governor, a call that has been supported by 21 Local Government Chairmen in the state.

The former Senate President who accused Wike of stoking the face-off between Gov. Fubara and the lawmakers, warned that Nigeria might not survive any instability in Rivers State considering the state’s economic importance to the country.

Senator Wabara appealed to President Tinubu to prevail on Wike to give peace a chance and allow his successor to discharge his constitutional roles without undue influence.

“I want to appeal to Mr President to call his appointee, Nyesom Wike to order so that his actions in Rivers do not confirm the suspicion that APC has an agenda to turn Nigeria into one party state. Wike should allow peace to reign in Rivers State.

“Mr President should appreciate the importance of Rivers as a major revenue base of the country, and should the trouble they are stoking erupt, Nigeria will definitely not escape the aftermath.”

The PDP BoT Chairman, further advised members of the Rivers House of Assembly not to yield themselves as agents of distabilization of the state “because history will not be kind to them.”

He reminded the gladiators to carefully weigh the grave implications of any attempt to forcefully remove a democratically-elected Governor or President from office.

The former Senate President who warned that the PDP would not tolerate any further intimidation or persecution of the Governor, urged “all those involved in the political brouhaha in Rivers to give peace a chance”.

On the mass exodus of PDP members in Abia State, Senator Wabara who said such scenario was not unexpected, however, urged the party faithful not to panic.

He said that the elders of the party had initiated moves to half further exit of members, describing the development as the after effect of the impunity of the last PDP-led administration in the state, and its utter disregard to internal democracy and party supremacy.

Wabara further noted that some chieftains who are leaving the party are doing so for self protection while some join the bandwagon without any deep thought of their action.

He urged PDP members in the state to remain resolute and support the on-going efforts to rebuild and reposition the party for a winning spree in 2027.

Sen. Nwaka blames succesors for party woes

Meanwhile, a former Chairman of PDP in Abia State, Senator Emma Nwaka, has blamed the collapse of PDP in the state on the weakness of the party leaderships that emerged after him.

He regretted that his successors could not sustain his legacy of party supremacy but surrendered their authority to government officials as a tool of oppression against perceived opponents within the party, hence the current ordeals of the party.

Senator Nwaka was reacting to the gale of resignation that has hit the state chapter of the party, describing members exiting the party as ” food-is-ready politicians”.

Recall that a number of former PDP bigwigs including a presidential aspirant and former Deputy Speaker Abia House of Assembly, Dr Cosmos Ndukwe; former Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji; ex-lawmaker, Hon. Jerry Uzodike; former Commissioner for Information, Eze Chikamnayo; among a host of others had resigned their membership of the party.

While some defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, some joined the ruling Labour Party in the state, while others are yet to disclose their next destination.

Reacting to the development, Nwaka who said he was not surprised at the goings-on in the party, however, blamed some party officials for the woes of PDP in Abia.

He recalled that while he held sway as the party Chairman in the state, he was able to rebuild the party but regretted that those who came on board after him, reduced themselves to stooges in the hands of some self-conceited government officials.

He said: I am not surprised at all with the turn of events. What you’re witnessing is symptomatic of food-is-ready politicians. Instead of rebuilding the party they destroyed, they have chosen to become mere tenants elsewhere.”

Asked how the said decampees destroyed the party, the former PDP boss said:” I am sure that you have heard that PDP, Abia State was comatose as at 2010 when I was head-hunted to come and rebuild it.

“Without thumping my chest, it is right to say that my team and I did a good job of the assignment. My five years at the helm have been described as the golden years of the party. I returned the party to its winning ways. During my time, party affairs were conducted from the party secretariat and party members had a say but the moment I turned my back, all that changed.

“Party officials, after my exit, lost control. They started taking instructions from a few government officials, who weaponized the party against perceived enemies within the party. They sat in Umuahia and decided who would be an officer of the party at the ward level.

“As if that was not enough, the three Senatorial Structure of the State became non-existent in their minds and ceased to be the basis for the allocation of offices.

“Abia, for them, was made up of old-Bende and Aba Districts. In the process, Abia North Senatorial Zone, was alienated. All these and more, laid the foundation for the death of the party.

” Instead of making efforts to rebuild, the food-is-ready politicians chose to abandon their sinking ship.”

On whether he is still in PDP or also planning to leave, Nwaka retorted: “The once vibrant party is now a ghost of itself. To remain there would be like having a one-man party. So, I have decided to join the Siddon Look Party (SLP). New members are welcome. We’ll soon build it into a formidable party: Better to build than to destroy- is our motto.”