Timothy Osadolor, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged the party’s leadership to take disciplinary action against Nyesom Wike, the former governor of Rivers State. Osadolor believes that the PDP can survive even if Wike is expelled, emphasizing that no individual should be considered more important than the party.
Osadolor, who serves as the Deputy National Youth Leader of the PDP, recently expressed his views in an interview with Saturday PUNCH. He observed that despite the party’s efforts to reconcile with Wike and encourage his return to the PDP, the former governor consistently demonstrates disrespect towards the party whenever he gets the chance.
Osadolor specifically attributes Wike’s continued claim of PDP membership to the leniency displayed by the PDP’s Acting National Chairman, Umar Damagum, towards him. According to Osadolor, if their roles were reversed, Wike would be swiftly removed from the party.
There have been speculations that Wike may receive a ministerial appointment from the President, as he has made several visits to the Presidential Villa in Abuja since the inauguration. Wike had also invited Bola Tinubu, the President-elect, to inaugurate certain projects in Rivers State, a move seen by analysts and critics as an attempt to gain favor with the President.
Osadolor stated, “Time has not only come, it is overdue for Wike to be shown the way out of the party. Every manager has his own style but if I was the chairman, I don’t see any reason Wike should still be in this party. I don’t understand why he is still laying claim to the membership of the PDP after his open flirtation and connivance with the ruling party. His shameless association with the Presidency and the APC has come full cycle.
“It is not a matter of if or when, it is a matter of integrity. Wike cannot be dining and wining with the APC and still claim to be a member of the PDP. He should know this!”
He added, “APC is dealing with Wike as an individual. If the ruling party wants to reward him for his betrayal of the PDP, it is up to them. PDP will survive without Wike and the poison chalice he is being given by the APC to eat. We all know that anything given to Wike now will be a reward for the saboteur role he played against his own party. Truth is, the whole world knows that until his association with this party (PDP), not much was known about him.”
Additionally, he urged the party’s leadership to prioritize discipline and avoid compromising it as they work towards revitalizing the PDP for future endeavors.
He stated, “A former president produced by this party left at a time; a vice president defected. Many governors and senators, to mention a few, left at one time or the other but the PDP remains. Nobody, no matter how highly placed, is bigger than the party on which platform he or she was elected. This is what Wike should know. His exit, suspension or whatever will not affect the PDP in any way. Our leaders should know this and realise that as members of the party, we must protect it at all times.”