APC crisis: Wike knocks Uzodinma over statement against PDP
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has scolded Governor Hope Uzodinma for alleging that PDP is responsible for the plot to remove the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.
Speaking in an interview, at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Governor Wike noted that the comments credited to Imo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma are baseless, untrue and unfortunate.
According to Uzodinma, “Many of us, leaders of the party, are aware that those clamouring for the chairman’s removal are working with the PDP to destabilise the party”
“I read that Senator Hope Uzodinma said that the PDP conspired to plot the attempted removal of APC National Chairman. That is an unfortunate lie.
“It is unfortunate that Senator Hope Uzodinma will have the temerity to make that false allegation. Hope Uzodinma was an APC agent while he was in PDP. That was why APC used him as an agent to support Ali Modu Sheriff, but they failed.
Wike said, “It is unfortunate that people of questionable character are in Government. Hope Uzodinma cannot talk about the attempted removal of APC National Chairman and mention the PDP. What is our business in the attempted removal of Oshiomhole? “
He asserted that APC does not mean well for Nigeria, adding that “it is a party of strange bedfellows merely formed to take over power”
“If Senator Uzodinma dares to make such false comments again the PDP, we will tell the world about him that he fraudulently took the mandate of PDP does not mean that PDP is weak. Hope Uzodinma lacks the capacity to discuss the PDP.”
Governor Wike also urged Nigerians to be vigilant and work towards protecting the Judiciary, adding that the APC has destroyed the Judiciary.
“We must protect the Judiciary to do its work. But the Judiciary should protect itself. APC has destroyed the Judiciary,” he said.
Governor Wike wondered why the Judiciary should allow leaders of the APC to toss it around as it has been witnessed during the party’s internal crisis.
He decried the situation where the Court of Appeal granted a stay of execution on the suspension of the APC National Chairman, but the FCT High Court went ahead to declare another person the Acting National Chairman. He said only the National Executive Committee of political parties have such powers.
“The Judiciary should be very careful. The Judiciary should be alert. It should not allow itself to be used. It should not allow itself to be destroyed.
“APC should not be allowed to destroy the Judiciary. Judiciary was there before APC. It was there before any political party. I cannot see the Judiciary being destroyed and keep quiet” he said.
By Peter Usman