Abe and Wike
PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has described the recently concluded Congresses of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party as a sham, charade and an enthronement of the will power of Governor Nyesom Wike, where nobody was allowed to contest for any of the positions unless listed and approved by him. Such an exercise, Chief Eze said, cannot, for all intents and purposes, be termed a Congress, but a mere demonstration of impunity and an open display of undemocratic and autocratic governance.
In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, Chief Eze, a former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), highlighted that Senator Sam Anyanwu, the Chairman of Rivers State PDP Elective Congress Panel exposed the illegality of the exercise when he postulated that “39 Party positions were listed with 39 officials picking forms for each of the post. The entire 39 officials were elected unopposed”, showing that those elected were handpicked even before the election. Can anybody in his right sense accept such charade and kongoaro Congresses, where people were prevented from freely contesting and testing their popularity at the polls as being democratic? But as sad as this could be, it beats ones imagination to believe that the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who was prevented from nominating even a single official in his ward will describe the fraudulent exercise as transparent.
Eze further pointed out that the Congresses have only one aim, which is to throw in an Ikwerre candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election.
The key officers of the New State Working Committee of the party with Amb. Desmond Akawor, former Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea and a seasoned Administrator, elected as the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, coming from Oyigbo local govt area, a place not favourable to PDP in the past elections and located in the South East Senatorial Zone is a deliberate calculation to rule out Senator Magnus Abe or any Ogoni man from the PDP ticket come 2023.
To ensure that Wike’s plot for 2023 is a success, four of the main offices of the new SWC were zoned to the strongholds of the Ikwerres –
Deputy Chairman – Obio/Akpor
Treasurer – Port Harcourt
Legal Adviser Obio/Akpor
Woman Leader – Ikwerre
Youth Leader – Emohua.
The election of the PDP Chairman buries the promise made to Chief Allwell Onyesoh, to the effect that if he decamps to the PDP, he will automatically be made the State Chairman and take over from Brother Felix Obuah, as the CEO of the money making Sanitation Committee of the State. Not minding the high ranking of Onyesoh in the politics of Rivers State, with the situation where he was not allowed to make any input even at his Ward, is a good prove to Onyesoh and his cohorts that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, whom they have tried in vain to label as undemocratic, is truly a Saint.
Eze postulated that the election or rather selection of the PDP Chairman from the South East Senatorial Zone, where Senator Magnus Abe hails from marks an end to his PDP gubernatorial ambition, as it is settled that APC is no longer an option for him.
Eze described Governor Nyesom Wike as a political wizard who has the strategy of how to retire seasoned and key politicians from Rivers State and place them as members of his cathedral that follows him around as sheep without any direction or vision.
Eze described as disastrous and scary, Hon. Igo Aguma’s vindictive plot against an innocent man like his mentor and benefactor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, stressing that he has ruined his political career, having secured no place in the PDP.
With the conclusion of the PDP Congresses without any input or consideration of the trio of Abe, Onyesoh and Aguma they are now left in the political wilderness without any body to complain to except probably to themselves for attempting in vain to blackmail the man that brought them to political limelight.
Not minding that Governor Wike used the trio of Abe, Onyesoh and Aguma to decimate the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, Eze is full of praises for Wike on how he managed to cow and silence them amid the undemocratic tactics deployed during the just concluded Congresses of PDP in Rivers State.
With the exit of these trio from the APC, Eze urged members of the APC to unite and reposition the party for the challenges of wrestling power from PDP, whose mission and vision for Rivers State is inimical and unacceptable to the building of Rivers State of our dream.
Finally, Eze, however commended Governor Wike, PDP Leadership and members of the party for the peaceful conduct of the Congresses, not minding the undemocratic nature and overwhelming shortcomings of the exercise.