Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to use his vast expertise to rescue Nigeria from the shackles of the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) terrible administration.
He has also asked him to ensure that he reconciles disgruntled PDP members, with the goal of bringing them back to the party because they have no chance in the APC.
Governor Wike gave the advice at the Interdenominational Thanksgiving Church Service and reception for PDP national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, held by the Benue State Government in collaboration with the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Benue State Chapter on Sunday at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi.
He did, however, warn him of the monumental task before of him in 2023: to rescue Nigeria from the clutches of the ruling APC-led federal government.
“Today is not a day to talk about APC. Today is the day to join the people of Benue State in thanking God for his mercies. Today is a day we shall be able to tell our National Chairman plainly what the People Democratic Party, PDP expect from him and how we’re going to stand by him to make sure this party is rebuilt, in order to put themselves together and to take over power in 2023,” Wike said.
The Governor added;
“History is beckoning on you. Yes, they have said you are former Minister of Industry, you’re former Minister of Interior, you’re former Minister of Education, even Environment. And former Senate President, but you have never been saddle with the responsibility to rescue Nigeria. As a former Minister, you were not given the opportunity to rescue Nigeria. Nigeria was not what it is now. Therefore, the battle to rescue Nigeria, the battle to change leadership in 2023 is on you.”
Speaking further, Wike said;
“It is not going to be easy for you. The time for work has come and that is when we will know the experiences you have gathered, how you want to put it to use and rebuild the People’s Democratic Party. It is very, very important. We want you to use your experiences as people have said to make sure even those who have left the party, should be brought back to the party.”
“Let me also tell you Mr. Chairman, do not be distracted about who will be presidential aspirant, let them not disturb you. Go, focus and rebuild the party. When once the party is rebuilt, I can assure you, you have somebody that will stand in this party, and Nigerians will vote for that person. What is important for you now is to see what you can do. Be focused,let nobody distract you,” he stated.
Governor Wike warned the chairman not to listen to people who will claim that governors are trying to take over the party. Those who used the tactics in the past, he claims, did so to split and govern the party.
“I want to plead with you, let people not tell you to begin to go to one governor’s place or the other, in order for the Governors Forum to be divided. At the end of the day, the party will suffer. Your business is, if the governors are not united, unite the governors, so that they can work for interest of the party. It is very key,” Wike said.
He noted Nigerians’ lack of trust in members of the National Assembly and encouraged Dr. Ayu to ensure that the PDP’s members form a strong team and speak with one voice, as they have in the past.
“Today we have lost focus in the National Assembly, and so you have to put our party together to make sure our members of National Assembly speak with one voice and be opposition party they’re supposed to be,” he said.
Governor Wike also declared explicitly that, despite the fact that he backed and voted for the National Chairman, he will not hesitate to speak out if he fails to perform what the party expects of him.
“Yes, I supported you, I voted for you because I have the belief you can turn PDP to success in 2023. But if you’re not doing well, Mr. Chairman, I will shout, I will say Mr. Chairman this is not what we expected from you,” he said.
Governor Wike expressed his delight at the party’s successful election, which brought in a new leadership, and informed the National Chairman of his resolve to work with other governors to ensure that he succeeds in his effort to save Nigeria.
“I’m one of the happiest person today that a new leadership has emerged. I am very, very happy, because I know that if we did not do this, this party would have collapsed. I’m very, very happy. And so most of you who refuse to listen that time, you have now realised that yes, changing leadership is the key for this party to win in 2023,” the Governor said.