By Egufe Yafugborhi, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has challenged those threatening to expel him from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to try if they can.

Governor Wike issued the challenge at the Eneka Road roundabout, the site of the flag ceremony for the construction of the Eneka – Igbo Etche Road dualization project.

However, Wike, who insisted he was unperturbed about the threat of eviction, questioned why those seeking to evict him show fear rather than carry out their threat, and see if they will survive. According to him, “when the time comes, we will know who has capacity and who doesn’t.”

The Governor of Rivers State also reiterated the G5 group members’ minimum demand for Dr. Iyorchia Ayu as National Chairman of PDP so that a southerner can occupy the office.

“We have made our demand and our demand is that the national chairman should come to the south. It is non negotiable. If you say you don’t care, no problem. Let’s go on the field. There is no need to threaten people, you do this, you do that.”

In retrospect, Governor Wike recalled how, between 2002 and 2003, former President Olusegun Obasanjo knelt down to beg his then vice presidential candidate, now PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to support his bid for a second term and the conditions it placed on him .

“You say we set conditions, but you forget history. In 2002-2003, when President Olusegun Obasanjo was about to run for a second term, he knelt before his vice president and said my vice, please allow me to run. You know one of the conditions he gave him, Tony Anenih should be fired as Secretary of Public Works and Tony Anenih should not be on the presidential campaign council. Obasanjo agreed and fired Tony Anenih as Secretary of Public Works and removed him from the presidential campaign council.

He expressed surprise at the undying interest of those who said they have made progress and do not need the G5 group to win the 2023 elections. He wondered why those hostile to the G5 always snoop around to discover the group’s latest move.

Governor Wike wondered why they care about where the G5 is going, what it says and who they spoke to.

The governor noted that even when the G5 recently traveled to Europe, some people, including media outfits, speculated and insinuated so many baseless things without evidence of any image or audio, to confirm their claims that the G5 had met a presidential candidate in Europe .

The Governor of Rivers State took on Prince Uche Secondus, the former PDP National Chairman, who claimed to be his benefactor, saying it is a lie.

He stated that Prince Uche Secondus did not sponsor him for political office at any point in his political career, other than accompanying him on some lobbying tours.

Governor Wike insisted that he is rather the benefactor of Prince Uche Secondus, because despite fierce opposition and rejection from the likes of Sule Lamido, Austin Opara, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, Celestine Omehia and Lee Maeba, he sponsored him to become the national president of PDP. and later removed him when he sought to make his cousin governor of Rivers State.

“You first wanted to run for national president to force your nephew or your nephew, as you may call him, to be a PDP gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State. I said not here, it won’t work. We had to kick you out first and we did, and you’re out.

He mentioned the Nsirim, Senator John Mbata and the families of Dr. Odili as sponsors at different times of his political dreams that had made him what he has become.

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