Take Me To Any Party, I Will Perform, PDP Not Responsible For My Success- Wike To Critics
No end in sight as Rivers State Governors Nyesom Wike continued onslaught against his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP stating on Tuesday that he can still perform to public acclaim even if he goes to any party.
The governor, who has stayed away from the PDP activities, but has continued to romance high members of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, again hit his party during the inauguration of the dualized Ogbunuabali-Eastern Bypass Road, as a week-long inauguration of infrastructure carried out by his administration continues. After hosting two governors on the platform of the APC – Dave Umahi and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Ebonyi and Lagos state respectively on Monday for the commissioning of the flyover, the governor on Tuesday hosted another high-profile APC member in the person of Senator Aliyu Wamakko. He downplayed the role of the PDP in his administration, arguing that his performance had nothing to do with being a member of the party.
According to the governor, “Leadership is not about party, leadership is about the individual. Party is only a vehicle to actualize your ambition, to be able to tell your people I have this capacity, I have this quality to render services to you. If you take me away today from PDP to another party, I will still perform. So, it is not because I’m in PDP that I’m performing.” Wike whose membership of the PDP has come under serious scrutiny in the last two months made it clear that “It is because I have that passion for my people. It is because I commit to serving my people. Take me to YPP, allow me to become whatever I will become there, I will perform. Take me to any party, I will perform. So, it is not the party that makes you perform.”
He has continued to stay away from the affairs of the party since being overlooked by Atiku, who opted for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as his presidential running mate after the party’s May presidential primary This has enmeshed the PDP in crisis as the Rivers State governor has the support of high-profile members of the party such as governors of Abia, Enugu, and the Oyo States as well as former governors, ministers, and current and former lawmakers.
Recent moves to mend fences have also fallen flat as the key demand of the Wike camp that the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, steps down has been rebuffed by the Atiku camp, who insist it can only happen after the presidential election in 2023.
The governor however restated his commitment to service, insisting his performance is not based on being a member of the PDP but on his undying love, passion, and commitment to render effective service to the people.
On Wednesday Dr Olusegun Mimiko, former Governor of Ondo State, was Governor Nyesom Wike special guest in Port Harcourt City as he flagged off the construction of the dualization of the Azikiwe-Illoabuchi road in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt.
Dr. Mimiko congratulated and commended Gov Wike’s developmental strides, urged him not to relent in doing good.
‘Gov Wike is one man who have been defending PDP’s interest for years. Some people may not like him, some may envy him, but he shouldn’t relent. I congratulate Gov Wike and Rivers people. I wish his successor well and pray that flag off and commissioning never seized in Rivers State….” – Dr. Olusegun Mimiko added. “I have fulfilled all the promises I made for Port Harcourt people. Built internal roads, flyovers, schools. etc” – Gov Wike said.
The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike also said the dualization of Azikiwe-Iloabuchi road will be done within six Months as 80% of the the contract fund have been paid already.
He promised to compensate those whose houses and properties will be affected during the demolition of buildings.