Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state reportedly mobilised members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to get Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital endorsed for the party ’s national convention on Friday.
A report by Punch, says two presidential aspirants in the party were behind the plot to take the convention out of Rivers State.
Punch reports that the two aspirants (names withheld) are said to be from North-West and North -East, respectively.
It was learned that one of the aspirants was initially very close to Wike and had thought that he would be his ally in his bid to pick the party’s presidential ticket.
According to the report, Governor Wike, however, refused to give his commitment to the aspiration of his friend.
A source close to the party said the two aspirants after sensing that Wike was becoming too close to one of the aspirants from the North-West, ganged up and started reaching out to their friends in the Board of Trustees to call for the change of venue for the convention.
The source said, “There are two presidential aspirants who were not comfortable with the use of Port Harcourt for the convention.
“Both of them are even supposed to be members of the BoT. One of them is very desperate and have even been going about as if he has emerged as the PDP presidential candidate.
“He has taken almost half of the hotel in Port Harcourt until the state found out and stopped the plan by him to book all the hotels.
“The plan was to make all the delegates rely on him for accommodation and thereby force to do their bidding.
“But Wike moved in swiftly and stop the plan. That’s how they became enemies”, the source told Punch.
“The other one felt that he had been loyal to the party and therefore, Wike being another loyal member of the party, must work with him to get the ticket,” the source said.
According to Punch, when the two aspirants knew that they might not get the support of the governor, they resorted to the BoT members.
Concise News recalls that the Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, had openly disagreed with the members of the National Working Committee on the use of Port Harcourt for the convention.
The PDP BoT Chairman, during the inauguration of the party’s National Convention Committee, openly told the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Mr Taiwo Akinwomi that the party had yet to conclude on the issue of venue for the convention.
It was learned that Wike had to mobilise his friends who are members of NEC to attend the meeting after sensing that the plan could be truncated
“That was why we had so many bigwigs in attendance despite the short notice for the meeting,” the source said.