Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor, has called on the leadership of the People’s Democratic party to take disciplinary action against Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu over his alleged comments against the party.
The governor said he has written to the National Chairman of the PDP asking that a disciplinary committee be set up against the Deputy governor.
Governor Wike made the demand at the inauguration of the Eastern Bypass Road in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
He accused Shuaibu of threatening that there’s an alternative to the PDP.
In his words; “This is the thing I am talking about impunity. I was watching when a Deputy governor was ranting in the media, threatening the party that there is an alternative to PDP.
“This is the same Deputy governor who knelt down to beg for us to give them an umbrella. Today, he has the effrontery to threaten PDP.”
Shaibu said that they joined the PDP not because they wanted to do so but because they fell out with their erstwhile political godfather and former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who, according to him, meted out oppression on them.
Recall that Shaibu, and his principal, Governor Obaseki were forced to dump the ruling party for the PDP in 2019, in order to secure a second-term ticket.
They were reelected for another four years after coming victorious in the 2020 governorship election in the State.
In his words: “For me as Philip Shaibu, I have no plans now to leave. But for Philip Shaibu and his followers and the followers of Obaseki, that left APC to the PDP, they all plan to leave PDP, but to where I don’t know,” he said.
“We feel not accepted in PDP and that is the reason we are actually thinking that it is time to just throw the curtain to leave,” he said, according to Channels TV.
He went on to say that Governor Obaseki has been appealing to them to remain in the party and has expressed his unwillingness to dump the party, a situation which Shaibu said he was not comfortable with.
“Some of us are not happy with the governor’s statement saying he is not leaving the PDP.
“For some of us, we felt we left APC because of the governor, not because we wanted to join PDP,” he added.