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PDP Convention: How Wike mobilised govs to endorse Port Harcourt

Published by on September 30th, 2018.

OLUSOLA FABIYI Fresh facts have emerged on how the Governor of Rivers State , Mr . Nyesom Wike was able to mobilise members of the National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party to get Port Harcourt endorsed for the party ’ s national convention on Friday. Investigations by our correspondent showed that two presidential aspirants in the party were behind the plot to take the convention out of Rivers State . The aspirants were said to have suggested Enugu for the event . Unfortunately for them, the state was said to have declined the suggestion . The two aspirants (names withheld ) are said to be from North – West and North – East , respectively . It was gathered that one of the aspirants was initially very close to Wike and had thought that he would be his ally in his bid to pick the party ’ s presidential ticket . However , it was gathered that Wike had refused to give his commitment to the aspiration of his friend . A source close to the party said that sensing that Wike was becoming too close to one of the aspirants from the North – West, the two aspirants ganged up and stared reaching out to their friends in the Board of Trustees to call for the change of venue for the convention . The source said , “ There are two presidential aspirants who were not comfortable with the use of Port Harcourt for the convention . “ Both of them are even supposed to be members of the BoT . One of them is very desperate and have even been going about as if he has emerged as the PDP presidential candidate . “ He has taken almost half of the hotel in Port Harcourt, until the state found out and stopped the plan by him to book all the hotels . “ The plan was to make all the delegates rely on him for accommodation and thereby force to do their bidding . “ But Wike moved in swiftly and stop the plan . That ’ s how they became enemies . “ The other one felt that he had been loyal to the party and therefore , Wike being another loyal member of the party , must work with him to get the ticket . ” Our correspondent gathered that when the two aspirants knew that they might not get the suport of the governor, they resorted to the BoT members . The Chairman of the BoT , Senator Walid Jibrin , had openly disagreed with the members of the National Working Committee on the use of Port Harcourt for the convention . Jibrin , during the inauguration of the party ’ s National Convention Committee , openly told the Deputy National Chairman of the party , Mr . Taiwo Akinwomi that the party had yet to conclude on the issue of venue for the convention . Sensing that the plan could be truncated , it was learnt that Wike had to mobilise his friends who are members of NEC to attend the meeting . “ That was why we had so many bigwigs in attendance despite the short notice for the meeting , ” the source said . No victor, no vanguished, says Fayose Meanwhile , the Governor of Ekiti State , Mr . Ayodele Fayose , has said the conflict over the venue for PDP’ s forthcoming national convention was resolved amicably and that there was no victor and no vanquished. In a statement from his office on Saturday, the governor said it was mischievous of anyone to say Wike won the argument . “ Nobody won. Neither Wike nor PDP was in contest. It is, therefore , uncharitable to say that Wike won” , he added.

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