PDP crisis: Atiku spokesman, Bwala tackles Wike for playing God

Daniel Bwala, the spokesman to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, described as arrogant the River State Governor, Nyesom Wike’s insistence on the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

In a media chat earlier on Friday, the governor accused the former Senate president of corruption.

He alleged that Ayu collected N1 billion from a presidential aspirant in Lagos without remitting it to the party.

The governor claimed that the PDP chairman single-handedly frustrated his efforts at winning the presidential ticket at the party’s primary held on May 28 in Abuja.

Wike also slammed Abubakar for backing Ayu.

Bwala, who spoke on a Channels TV programme, Politics Today, said the Rivers State governor was playing God.

He faulted Wike’s demand for the resignation of the chairman, saying the party’s constitution must be observed in the process.

Bwala added that the governor always feels betrayed anytime people disagree with him.

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He said: “It appears to me that everybody around him betrayed him because he didn’t have his way. The question is, why are people betraying him all the time? Once you disagree with him, then you are considered a betrayal.

“Wike should remember that he brought two chairmen and later frustrated them out of office. He’s taking the place of God and that’s not possible.

“You will see that the presidential candidate of the party has never said anything. That is a sign of maturity as a strategy in crisis management. It’s important that you know the limits of your power. If Wike feels that some people stole money as alleged, he should as a lawyer report to the law enforcement agencies instead of building on hearsay.

“What isn’t contestable is the fact that Atiku Abubakar emerged the party flag bearer through a transparent process. Wike creates ambiguity in his claims. And seeking extra-constitutional means for the removal of the national chairman is suggesting that the PDP wants to serve Nigerians by violating the constitution.

“We appeal to Governor Wike to rethink. The party has moved on. He should join the move and let the issue rest.”

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