From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has dared the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to expel him and face the consequences of its action.
The governor has also vowed that his state would not sacrifice itself for any politician who does not care about Rivers interest.
Governor Wike spoke on Friday night, at the State Banquet in honour of the Integrity Governors popularly called G-5 governors, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The G-5 comprising governors Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Wike are demanding resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, for equity, fairness and justice as a condition to support the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in 2023 election.
Wike maintained that the G-5 governors were united and firm in their decision to rescue the country from bad leadership.
He declared that Rivers PDP would use the governorship campaign flag-off on Saturday to reaffirm that there is no other political party in the state.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State governor has challenged his counterparts in the Niger Delta zone to account for the huge sums of money they received as backlog for the 13 percent oil derivation since 1999, which was approved and paid by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Earlier, Ortom maintained the stance of Integrity Governors for equity, fairness and justice, reiterating that they were not against reconciliation.
He commended the Rivers governor for using projects commissioning to unite the state and Nigeria.
Similarly, Makinde stated that he was proud to belong to G-5 group; while Ugwuanyi stated that Integrity Governors were bonded for justice.