After laying low for a while, Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike has re-launched himself into the spotlight by renewing his rivalry with Governor Rotimi Amaechi over the control of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State.
Wike, an avowed political opponent of Amaechi on Sunday during the inauguration of ward and council executives of Grassroot Development Initiative, GDI at Emohua Local Government Council of the state, advised the embattled governor to leave the PDP for All Progressives Congress (APC) or newly registered Peoples’ Democratic Movement (PDM) because he is not ready to relinquish the control of party structures in the state to him.
The event which was attended by dignitaries including factional chairman of PDP in Rivers, Felix Obuah; Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus; former Transport Minister, Abiye Sekibo and Chief Medical Director of University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Professor Aaron Ojule, saw the Education Minister direct verbal shots at Gov. Amaechi.
According to him, “I heard that some people were saying that we are begging them to collect structure. Meanwhile, I heard them saying give me back my structure. Which structure are they looking for? If they are looking for structure they should go to APC or they should go to PDM”.
Wike, who is also the grand patron of GDI, a movement seen by keen political observers as a vehicle through which the Minister hopes to occupy Government House, Port Harcourt come 2015, described those demanding that President Goodluck Jonathan should not re-contest in 2015 as enemies of South-south.
“Anybody who fights against Jonathan is an enemy of Rivers State. Anybody who fights Jonathan is an enemy of South-South.
“I have challenged them, those of them who have been claiming that they had millions of vote. Time has come, let them challenge us and go to another party and let us see if they can produce 2 million votes. Enough is enough”, he added.