Minister condemns Rivers PDP leaders for backing Gov. Fubara

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has condemned some leaders of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for declaring support for the current governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

Recall that PDP leaders in Rivers State, Abiye Sekibo; ex-PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; ex-governorship aspirant, Celestine Omehia; and ex-lawmaker, Austin Opara; had last week declared support for Fubara and called on the President to caution Wike.

The Minister, during a chat with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja said Sekibo, Secondus, Omehia and Opara are all expired politicians who are not worthy to be called “elder statesmen”.

He said they were all irrelevant as he kicked them out of the party.

Wike insisted that Secondus was no longer a member of the PDP as his suspension was validated by the court.

“The other day, I saw a political conference organised by transactional politicians. Political vampires, political buccaneers,” Wike said.

When journalists corrected the minister that those he referred to are elder statesmen, Wike said, “Do you know who is called an elder statesman? An elder statesman is someone who must have integrity; who must not be here today and be there tomorrow.”

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Wike said it was ironic that the same set of people who had refused to support Fubara before the 2023 polls now declare support for him after the poll.

“Today, they are not only serving a boy but they are waiting for him on the road. Do they have integrity? The same people who said this governor was a neophyte, how can they bring themselves to support him?

“They wrote a petition when this governor wanted to collect his certificate in PDP, they carried a rumor on how he became chairman and that he is being looked for by EFCC. They said he was not coming to PDP national secretariat but they were surprised that the governor went to the PDP secretariat,” the minister said.

Wike said he was aware of the “antics” of the PDP leaders. “He (Fubara) wants to be on his own with these political vampires who are always sucking. My pity for them.”

“They are calling Nigerians to support Tinubu. That me, I am a selfish person. All of them were in power but what did they do for their people?” he queried.

Wike also added that “political differences” has affected his relationship with ex-governor Peter Odili as they are now different political camps.

“He questioned when Odili became the “revered leader” of the PDP leaders in Rivers State.

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