Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said his Benue State counterpart, Dr Samuel Ortom, will not appear before the National Disciplinary Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over his alleged involvement in anti-party activities.
The governor also described the suspension of former Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose and others for anti-party activities by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP as a nullity.
The governor stated these in Government House, Port Harcourt, on Thursday while reacting to NWC’s decision to refer governor Ortom to the party’s disciplinary committee and suspension of Fayoye and others.
“I want to state clearly and let members of the party and Nigerians hear it clearly, the National Working Committee made up of Dr Iyorchia Ayu, who they say is the chairman of the party; Sam Anyanwu, the national secretary and other members of NWC, cannot suspend Ayo Fayose, not to talk about referring governor Ortom to the national disciplinary committee.
“Referring a governor to your so-called national disciplinary committee is the height of all insult, and we will not take it. Therefore, be ready for whatever you see as far as this our party is concerned.
“Governor Ortom, who has stood firm for the unity of this country, governor Ortom who has come out openly to say that Nigeria must be one, is not the type you will say you’ll refer to that your kangaroo committee.”
The Rivers State governor said if anyone deserves to be suspended from the party, that person is Dr Iyorchia Ayu, who he accused of contravening the PDP constitution on the zoning of elective and appointive offices.
“If there is any person deserving suspension, it should be you (Ayu), who played anti-partisan by refusing to obey the party’s constitution on the zoning of political offices as is required. So, whoever tells you to suspend people, please tell the person that he is not serious.”
He further added, “if you are talking of anti-party, it is you who could not even deliver your unit, deliver your ward that is involved. Because of the fraudulent activities you are involved in, people have lost hope in you. That is why you cannot win your unit, win your ward.”