The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) should desist from witch hunting members of the G-5 governors.
He made the call after his Benue State counterpart, Dr. Samuel Ortom, was asked to appear before the National Disciplinary Committee of PDP over alleged anti-party activities.
Wike has also described the suspension of former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and others over anti-party activities by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP as a nullity.
The governor stated these in the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Thursday, March 23rd, while reacting to NWC decision to refer Ortom to the party’s disciplinary committee.
He said: “I want to state clearly and let members of the party and Nigerians hear it clearly, the National Working Committee, made up of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, who they say is the chairman of the party; Sam Anyanwu, the national secretary and other members of NWC cannot suspend Ayo Fayose, not to talk of referring Ortom to national disciplinary committee.”
He described the decision of the NWC to refer Ortom to the party’s National Disciplinary Committee as the height of all insult, saying: “Referring a governor to your so-called national disciplinary committee is the height of all insult, and we will not take it. Therefore, be ready for whatever you see as far as this our party is concern.
“Ortom, who has stood firm for the unity of this country, Ortom, who has come out openly to say that Nigeria must be one, is not the type you will say you’ll refer to that your kangaroo committee.”
Wike argued that if anyone deserves to be suspended from the party, that person should be Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, who he accused of contravening the PDP Constitution on the zoning of elective and appointive offices.
“If there is any person deserving suspension it should be you (Ayu), who played anti-party by refusing to obey the constitution of the party on zoning of political offices as is required. So, whoever tells you to suspend people, please tell the person that he is not serious.”
Wike cautioned Ayu and the NWC to desist from threatening the G-5 governors and members of the Integrity Group with suspension. According to him, Ayu has, by his recent action, opened up a new chapter of political war in the party.
“You cannot cage any of us. Ortom will not appear before any of your so-called disciplinary committee.
“Ayodele Fayose will also never appear before any disciplinary committee.”