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We are not tax collectors – PDP Replies Wike

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to Governor of Rivers state, Nyeson Wike’s allegation that some members of National Working Committee (NWC) are tax collectors who connived with Thisday Newspaper to tarnish his image.

Thisday Newspaper had reported that Governor Nyeson Wike facilitated legal case in Federal High Court in Rivers state to stop Governor Godwin Obaseki’s term bid.

Wike had in a statement issued described some members of PDP NWC as tax collectors.

PDP however in a statement issued by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan said, “We wishes to state that no member of its National Working Committee (NWC) sponsored any media publication to castigate and malign the person of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.

“The party described such publications as handwork of external forces and enemies of the PDP who are bent on sowing seeds of discord within the party.

“The NWC also wishes to place on record that none of its members has acted like a “tax collector” in whatever meaning the term represents, either in the process leading to the Edo primary election, or any other state.

“Our party holds Governor Wike and indeed all our PDP governors, who, of course, have been the pillars of our great party, with utmost respect and had always consulted them on all party affairs.

“The PDP appreciates the efforts and sacrifices of our governors and will not allow enemies of our party, who are out to cause disunity in our fold by sponsoring baseless publications against our leaders, to have their way.

“This time demands the unity of all our leaders in order to keep our political rivals, who are facing extinction, from importing their crises into our party.

“The PDP remains one indivisible family and our members are at alert and will continue to resist every attempt by external forces to divide our ranks at this critical time.”

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