PDP Crisis : You Are a ‘ Mole’ In Atiku’s Camp – Wike blasts Sule Lamido

Rivers State governor Nyesone Wike has reacted to the diatribe directed st him by  Alhaji Sule Lamido alleging that the former Jigawa Stare governor  is ” a mole ” in the camp of the party’s Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Lamido had told his host: while appearing on Channels Television  that:“Though I would have loved we discuss issues and not a person. How can somebody, who will soon become an ex-governor like me, claim to be able to determine Rivers’ votes?

“Wike is an individual, I don’t think because he is a governor there he has control and monopoly over the peoples of Rivers. He hasn’t got it. Rivers people are also PDP in their own right. They were there in 1999 when he joined. They were there when he was council chairman.”Lamido said

Wike who reacted through his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri accused Lamido to have played several  ignoble roles in the party  in the past,hence could not assume the role of a peacemaker now .

Governor  Wike reminded  Lamido of the alleged roles he  played in selling out the party in 2015 and how the PDP had lost Jigawa consistently since then,stressing that he(Lamido ) could be playing the same card, while pretending to be working for .

“Under Lamido’s watch, as a governor of Jigawa State in 2015, the APC governorship candidate, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, scored a total 648,045 votes to defeat his PDP opponent, Malam Aminu Ringim, who scored a total 479, 447 votes. Worst still, in 2019, governor Abubakar polled 810,933, while the PDP candidate scored 288,356.

“Such records depict that Alhaji Lamido cannot and does not have such a political following that will benefit the PDP. Those who want electoral victory for the PDP are not dampening the morale required for a political offensive at APC, but Alhaji Lamido is cracking the wall of unity badly.

Angry Wike said “It is rather appalling that at a time when concerted efforts are being made by lovers of true democracy and the unity of the party, to resolve some inherent contradictions plaguing the PDP, Alhaji Lamido and his cohorts, who have since lost their relevance in the polity, are busy creating friction and schism.
“Governor Wike has never claimed to be the custodian of the over 3 million votes in Rivers State. But as the leader of the PDP and good people of Rivers State, anyone who underrates the governor’s political pedigree or dares to ignore his influence in the State and beyond will be doing so at his own peril.“We wish to remind Alhaji Lamido that governor Wike has never left anyone in doubt about his capacity to sway the voters in Rivers State in a direction that benefits the people and the State. In overall, when he speaks, Rivers people will listen, no doubt.

“Perhaps, Alhaji Lamido thinks Nigerians are suffering from selective amnesia to have forgotten in a hurry, the ignoble role he and his cohorts played between 2014 and 2015, that culminated in the defeat of the PDP in the 2015 general election.

“We hope that he is not up in such a scheme again to cause a repeat of that history. Otherwise, if Alhaji Lamido has any modicum of conscience, he won’t be making disparaging comments about governor Wike, whom many have described as the pillar of the PDP since 2015.

“We wish to state without equivocation that no well-meaning member of the PDP will describe governor Wike as ‘insignificant’ in the affairs of the PDP. With all modesty, only persons plagued by schizophrenia psychosis will ascribe any form of relevance to Alhaji Lamido, under whose leadership the PDP has woefully lost two governorship elections in Jigawa State in quick succession.

“The margin of Wike’s election victory in 2015 and 2019 in Rivers state are marks of political sagacity and determination to keep PDP at a leading pedestal. So, as the 2023 general elections beckon, we wish to advise Alhaji Lamido to redeem his battered political image by delivering Jigawa State to the PDP, if he can.” the statement said .

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