In the midst of the crisis rocking the boat of the Peoples Democratic Party, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday, said he won’t pass on his political enemies for God to deal with them, yet he will beat and crush those he described as “the small boys”.
“God has given me what it takes to crush these people, for me to crush my enemies,” Wike said in Aba in Abia State when he commissioned the Osisioma Interchange and the Dualised Aba-Owerri Road.
Wike, who was hosted by his Abia counter partner, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, additionally said he understands the relationship, adding that no one can rank his positions with his PDP brother governors and partners like Ikpeazu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Governor Samuel Ortom (Benue), and Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo).
Of late, Wike and his allies have been spotted together on vacation abroad, and they have taken the very position that PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, leave his position for a southerner.
“No relationship can be bought with money. When I read some newspapers, they say some people are making attempts to break ranks. I said, do you understand the modus operandi of what we are doing? If they understand the modus operandi, they will not waste their time.
“If you like, go and meet Ikpeazu, if you like go and meet Seyi, if you like go and meet Ortom, if you like go and meet Ugwuanyi. You don’t even understand what we are doing…you are making mistakes,” the Rivers governor stated.
Wike further said Ayu ought to regard agreement and leave, or Nigerians will realize who is pertinent or not at the proper time.
Ayu had described Wike and his brother governors in the South as “children” and the Rivers governor had fired back that the “children” brought the former senator from the gutters and made his PDP national chairman last year after a Tsunami caused the displacement of Uche Secondus.
Tossing a hit at Ayu, Wike said his foes are “small boys” and he won’t waste time dealing with them.
“I was in the plane with him (Ikpeazu) and we were discussing. He said, why will not leave these people for God? But I told him, why are you overcrowding, God? God has given me what it takes to crush these people, for me to crush my enemies.
“Now that I know I have the capacity to flog these small boys, you want me to leave it for God? I won’t do that. I am going to flog them properly. When we start campaign, we will know who is who,” the governor said.
Recall that Wike in May lost his presidential bid to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a northerner from Adamawa State. Months before the PDP presidential primary, Ayu, likewise a northerner from Benue State, had in October said he will leave should a northerner becomes the presidential candidate of the leading opposition party.
In any case, Ayu turned around late, saying he will not leave until the end of his four-year residency. Subsequently, Wike, last week ridiculed the PDP chairman, saying arrogance and ingratitude won’t help him. The Rivers governor also insisted that Ayu leave office.
Besides Wike and his allies, PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, Walid Jibrin, likewise a northerner from Nasarawa State, concurred that it is out of line for the party to have its presidential candidate and national chairman from the same region.