Give Us PDP’s Mandate, Wike Tells Umahi.
Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, challenged David Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State, to return the mandate he received on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform to the party yesterday in Port Harcourt.
At the opening of the Eastern Bypass Road in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike made the appeal.
He said it was sad that, rather than appealing the court’s decision to remove him, Governor Umahi retaliated by making rash remarks criticizing the judge.
“Look at a governor making a reckless statement simply because a judge made a judgment according to his own opinion, which you are entitled to appeal up to the Supreme Court.
“You have called somebody a thief in the market and you’re saying I’m sorry. It’s late. That your sorry, we, the members of the public, we don’t take it,” Wike said.
He noted that this was the first occasion in Nigerian political history that a governor’s defection to a different party had been challenged in court.
He believes that the PDP’s choice to contest the governor’s and other elected officials’ defections should be regarded as a clear example of what is needed to improve democracy.
Governor Wike pointed out that it was PDP members who went to court to demand the party’s mandate from Governor Umahi.
He said: “If our party has done this earlier when people were leaving in the National Assembly, we won’t have had the problem we are having today.
“That is one of the problems of party leadership. People cannot come out and take the bull by the horns. So, Governor Umahi, be rest assured that PDP will continue this matter down to Supreme Court. We will continue with the matter.”
He believes it is no longer acceptable for someone to win an election and then defect to another party in order to avoid being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
“You carry the votes of another party and join another party. Can you transfer votes? You work hard for somebody to win election and tomorrow, the person say I have defected.
“If you have defected, leave the seat if you know it’s easy. And this will checkmate most of these political harlots who will never sit one place,” he said.
He also chastised the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for failing to honor its commitment to contribute half of the cost of the Eastern Bypass Road, which goes to the NDDC’s corporate offices in Port Harcourt.
During the inauguration of the road project, former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Ibrahim, expressed his joy at Governor Wike’s unwavering commitment to delivering projects in nearly all areas in order to offer Rivers residents with a better standard of life.
According to him, such public service demonstrates openness and accountability since citizens can see how public resources are used for the greater welfare of all inhabitants.
He stated that the whole PDP leadership recognizes and is proud of Wike’s high level of service, which has made him a good model of what political leadership in Nigeria should be.