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PDP Crisis: Atiku Has Started Sharing Positions Before Poll –Wike

Rivers State Governor Nyesome Wike remains adamant vowing that he was ready to crush his detractors in the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

The governor boasted that he had the capacity to flog his opponents with “pepper”, stressing that God has given him the wherewithal to withstand his critics.

Wike and other PDP governors – Sam Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) Ikpeazu (Abia) and Ifeanyi, Ugwuanyi (Enugu) – are protesting the lopsided distribution of offices in the party.

They have insisted that the National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, should step down.

To them, the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the national chairman cannot come from the same bloc region.

Wike, who said Nigerians will soon distinguish between boys and men, added that they will also know who is relevant at the appropriate time.

Wike said those trying to infiltrate his team to weaken its resolve have failed to understand its modus operandi.

He hinted that members of the team were simply forerunners to the real actors behind the scene.

“Now that I know I have the capacity to flog these small boys and you want me to go and leave it for God? I am going to flog them with pepper.

“Anybody who doesn’t understand that, let him know that I am not going to wait at all. All those ones who are talking in my state, calm down. When we start campaigning, we will know who is who.

“I don’t associate myself with those who cannot show anything. I associate myself with people I know have something to offer.

“I and Ikpeazu have come a long way. People do not understand relationship. They think relationship can be bought with money. No relationship can be bought with me.

“That is why when I read on pages of newspaper, they said some people were making attempts to break my rank and I say they don’t understand the modus operandi of what we are doing.

“If they understand the modus operandi, they won’t waste their time. If you like, go and meet Ikpeazu, Seyi, Ortom, Ugwuanyi, you don’t even understand the modus operandi.

“These are not the people doing what you are seeing. We are using ourselves as if we are the people. We are not the people. So, you are making mistakes.”

Wike alleged that the party had distributed positions to Atiku, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and former Senate President Bukola Saraki..

He said even the Senate Presidency and Secretary to Federal Government had been allotted to people.

Wike said: “All those they are fighting are those who are projecting their party. They said that Abia State governor is a boy, Wike is a boy, Seyi is a boy, Ortom is a boy and Enugu is a boy. See what the boys are doing. They that are the men should show us what they are doing.

“Why is Ikpeazu a boy? It is because Ikpeazu said agreement is agreement. You told me you will do this. Now, time has come for you to do it, you don’t want to do it. Is it good? Ikpeazu said look, you have shared to this one, you shared to Atiku, you shared to Okowa and you shared to Saraki, which one did you share to Ikpeazu?

“When you are sharing Senate President to so so person, you shared Secretary to Government of the Federation to so so person, which one have you given to the people of Abia?

“Nobody should bother about any abuses on me. I don’t even know whether they are abusing me.

“If they like, let them put everything in social media and abuse me. We will know who is relevant or not at the appropriate time.”


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