Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, ordered lawyers handling some of the Party’s cases in the state to withdraw their legal representations.
Governor Wike described the directive as ‘anti-party’, saying such acts would beget a corresponding reaction from the state government.
Governor Wike said this, on Monday, at the State School premises, Okehi 1, the venue of the Rivers State PDP campaign inauguration in Etche Local Government Area of the state.
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Recall that the Rivers State PDP had taken some political parties in the state to court over non-compliance to the regulations and laws of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the conduct of their various primaries.
He said instead of the PDP national leadership supporting the suits by the PDP in Rivers, it asked lawyers handling the various matters to withdraw legal representations.
According to the governor, “We have caught them. They are the ones engaged in anti-party. I told them anti-party begets anti-party. You know we carried these small parties (APC, SDP) to court for failing to do what the law says.
“The people in Abuja that say they are national have gone to collude with them (opposition parties) to write our lawyers a letter that they should take their hands off, in order to kill the cases we filed. I have told our lawyers to withdraw from the matter. I will hit them back by tomorrow.
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“Nobody hurts us without sustaining a scar. Anybody who dares to touch us in Rivers State, I will inflict many scars on him and we have started it.
“We are voting for our people here. Now you have told us you are doing anti-party. We will show you what anti-party is. Already, we have caught them red-handed.”
Governor Wike insisted that the forth-coming election remained a battle that must be won and urged Etche people to go home, get prepared by collecting their Permanent Voters Card with INEC and vote all State PDP candidates.
The governor stressed that the PDP in Rivers State was a formidable squad, fully prepared for the election adding that the party would ensure a peaceful poll.