2023 Presidential Election Tears Wike, Secondus apart
The 2023 Presidential election has separated the Governor of Rivers state, Nyeson Wike apart and National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
There have been different agitations on where the presidential ticket of the party should be zoned to and all eyes have been on the national working committee (NWC) led by Prince Secondus.
When Secondus met with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, he was asked to comment on zoning but the PDP chairman simply said: “We can’t be talking of zoning when we have not appraised how we fared in the last election.”
One day after the remarks, governor of Rivers state, tackled him, saying the chances of the PDP reclaiming the presidency in 2023 are being threatened under the national working committee he leads.
Wike, who played a significant role in the emergence of Secondus, accused the party’s NWC of “sowing the seed of discord” among governors in the party and barely showing interest in the next presidential election.
According to Kelvin Ebiri, his spokesman, Wike made the accusation during a television programme in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He was quoted said, “PDP ought to have harvested from the inefficiency of the APC; from the maladministration of the APC. Ordinarily, that is what opposition party ought to do.
“If you ask me, are Nigerians waiting for a change? Yes. If you ask me as a member of PDP, I am ready to support PDP to takeover, yes. But, if you ask me currently as it is, is the leadership of the party willing for us to harvest this opportunity for a change? I will say no.
“An a party that ought to be united, to work, to take over the affairs of government, because people are waiting for this opportunity.
“But the current leadership of NWC is not prepared for that, rather, what they have done is to constitute some people to sow a seed of discord among governors for their own selfish interest. And that will boomerang; that will consume them.
“The present National Working Committee is not interested or doing anything to take over the realms of government in 2023. When your interest is to remain in power, you are no longer interested to win election.”