…As party condemns withdrawal of Wike’s CSO

Contrary to the media report that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking merger with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others, the Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman of the party, Sen. Walid Jibrin yesterday said  such report
emanated from the imagination of mischief makers.

The BoT Chairman also explained that
issues arising from anarchy, self-centredness, self aggrandisement and indiscipline that have plagued the PDP were already being resolved.

The report of merger talk had also mentioned former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and Senator Aliyu Wamakko.

Jibrin, in a statement explained that PDP has never contemplated teaming up with Tinubu and the other APC chieftains with the purpose of firming another political party.

He said: “I salute Tinubu’s courage for coming out to speak frankly about his position regarding this unfounded rumour and for setting the record straight.

“In Tinubu’s own reaction denouncing the report, he condemned the PDP and I can’t understand why anybody would think that we are going to form a new party with somebody who has is condemning us.

“The PDP is a golden name, a party formed by respectable and dignified Nigerians dead and alive, like Alex Ekwueme, Jerry Gana, Solomon Lar, Adamu Ciroma, Aminu Wali, Sule Lamido and many others.

“It is therefore ridiculous to think that anyone would abandon a well organised party like the PDP and join another party. There is nothing wrong with the PDP, except for some characters within the party.”

Explaining the issue behind the crisis in the party, Jibrin said that impunity and indiscipline among some members triggered the ongoing leadership crisis the party.

He, however said that the party will overcome the challenges sooner than expected, adding, “we are ready to make corrections by doing away with impunity, indiscipline and pride among some people in our midst.”

Commending the efforts of Senator Ike Ekweremadu committee and another committee led by Prof. Jerry Gana in finding lasting solution to the various conflicts within the PDP, Jibrin said that they would never abandon the party for newcomers.

He said that those who left the PDP before the 2015 general elections as a result of ill treatments would soon rejoin the party before the 2019 general elections.

He said: “We are ready to look into their cases whenever they decide to come back. We can never abandon the PDP for some people who have just joined us simply because they have the capacity to cause trouble.”

Meanwhile, the leadership of the party has condemned in strong terms the withdrawal of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, alleged that this development was a plot to kill the governor.

The party said: “This latest development has confirmed that the former Governor of Rivers State and now Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike
Amaechi in collaboration with his Party’s led federal government and its
security agencies has finalized plans to assassinate the Governor of
Rivers State. This is despicable and a complete affront and declaration
of war on  Rivers people using the apparatus of state.

“This has again confirmed the serious desperation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to win elections at all cost with no single consideration to the lives of Nigerians. It is common knowledge that since the inception of this government, the APC leaders have approached
elections in the Country with different rigging methods.”

The party also said that the new method being applied by the APC against the Rivers Re-Run
Elections is to expose Wike to danger of assassination and possibly intimidate
him to succumb to their rigging plans.

“This is not acceptable and if anything happens to the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, his family or any of our Party member or
supporter in Rivers State, Rivers people and indeed all Nigerians should
hold Chibuike Amaechi and his Party leaders responsible.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is very clear on the grounds by which the security of a sitting Governor can be withdrawn. This is a big slap on our Constitution and must be condemned
by all well-meaning Nigerians before the APC reverses all the gains of democracy we have nurtured since 1999.

“We therefore call on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr.
Ibrahim Idris and the Director General of State Security Services (SSS),
Lawal Daura to as a matter of urgency restore all the security details
of Governor Nyesom Wike and to secure the Government House, Port
Harcourt, Rivers State. Failure to do this before the Saturday, December
10, 2016 Re Run Elections is indirectly calling on Rivers people to
resort to self help,” it said.

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