The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if it plans to win the 2023 general elections, it must replace the National Chairman, Uche Secondus and members of the National Working Committee.
Governor Wike, who stated this in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Tuesday, August 17, attributed the party’s internal crisis to the Secondus-led NWC failing to carry out its responsibilities.
In a statement titled “PDP needs new, robust, determined NWC to win 2023 general elections”, issued by Wike’s media aide, Kelvin Ebri, said the PDP, as the main opposition party, remains the only credible alternative party that Nigerians expect to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress in 2023 following the ruling party’s poor performance.
According to the statement:
“If you go to the public and ask Nigerians if the PDP is ready to take over power in 2023, if you hold a referendum, you will know that Nigerians are even waiting for the PDP”.
“However, Nigerians are concerned about whether the PDP is prepared to seize power. As a result, people are concerned. It is time for PDP to take over, but you must be ready to do so.
“And we said that with what we have now, it will be difficult to take power in 2023 if no amendments are made. The issue was one of leadership. The point is that the current NWC, as it stands, is incapable of leading the party to victory.
“No one has said they haven’t done well in any way. But we’re talking about the challenges that lie ahead. That is why we are urging the party to have other people lead it and give it a different kind of strength. If you know the APC, you know that you need a strong, determined party leadership to ensure that you match them word for word, action for action.”
This new development, of Wike calling for a new leadership is at variance with the party’s position. After series of meetings, particularly the one involving BoT as well as the PDP governors, it was agreed that the party should hold it’s national convention in October. So, what exactly does Wike want?