“I Would Have Considered Expelling Governor Wike from the PDP Under Certain Circumstances” – Dele Momodu
The director of Strategic Communications for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu, said he would have expelled the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if he had the power.
On Tuesday, on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm programme, Momodu accused Wike of trying to destroy the party, saying, “I don’t have the power; if I had the power, I would have fired him (Wike) long ago.” Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/09/13/landowner-threatens-to-jail-wike-over-demolished-multimillion-naira-abuja-duplex/
The PDP chieftain, however, said he does not fault the ministerial appointment of Wike by President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Read More: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/08/16/tinubus-ministerial-nominees-are-unknown-dele-momodu/
Asked why he would fire the former Rivers State governor from the party, Momodu replied, “Such an unruly person who wants to destroy our party? One individual cannot hold everybody to ransom. If we fought the military, we fought the military in this country, Tinubu was part of those who fought the military, and then you will now allow a civilian dictatorship?”
Ahead of the 2023 elections, Wike and the other four then governors that made up the G-5 in the PDP withdrew their support for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over a disagreement concerning power sharing within PDP.
The ex-Rivers governor supported the eventual winner of the election, Tinubu, who rewarded him with an appointment as FCT Minister.
Some members of the PDP, just like Momodu, have been calling for Wike’s expulsion from the party. Still, in Channels TV’s Politics Today, the minister dared the party’s leadership to suspend or discipline him.
“Who will discipline me? I should call for the discipline of those who violated the party’s constitution in how the party supported rotation.
“Who will suspend me? I want to dare anybody,” Wike said.
He said he informed PDP leadership before taking President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial offer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wike said he remained a PDP chieftain despite working for the APC government. “I want to support Asiwaju (Tinubu) to finish well,” he said.
He insisted that he owed no one an apology for supporting the power shift to southern Nigeria.
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