Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says it is an act of anti-party on the part of the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to tell lawyers handling legal suits on behalf of the party in the state to dissociate themselves from the cases.
The PDP in Rivers state had taken some political parties to court over alleged non-compliance to the regulations and laws of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of their various primaries.
Governor Wike made the accusation against the national leadership of the party when he spoke at State School premises Okehi 1, venue of the Rivers state PDP campaign flag off in Etche local government area, Tuesday January 31, 2023.
He said instead of the PDP national leadership to support the suits by the party in Rivers, it asked lawyers handling the various legal matters to withdraw legal representations.
The Rivers state governor stated that anti-party begets anti-party and since the PDP national has started the anti-party game, it will get anti-party in return.
“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 matters. I will hit them back by tomorrow.
“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.”
Speaking further, Governor Wike thanked Etche people for their massive turn out at the rally, which demonstrates that they are fully in support of the PDP in Rivers State.
In his speech, Rivers State governorship candidate of the PDP, Sir Siminialayi Fubara solicited bulk votes from Etche people to enable him and the entire consolidation team win the poll.
He explained that when elected, his administration will ensure that closure of courts in the State is never experienced again.
Fubara also assured that there shall be sustained regular payment of workers and assets owned by the State are never sold to cronies of those in power.