The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have berated the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over plans to sanction Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Recall that the Rivers governor had endorsed his Lagos counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for a second term over the PDP’s governorship candidate, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor.
Reacting to the development, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Olugunagba, said the PDP would investigate Wike’s recent activities and appropriately sanction him if found guilty.
In a statement on Friday, the Spokesperson of CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, described the threat to discipline Wike as provocative.
The CUPP spokesman said the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) has no moral right to query or sanction Wike without the party National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, stepping down.
Ugochinyere opined that the plan to sanction the Riviers governor is capable of deepening the crisis rocking the party and further factionalising it more.
The statement reads, “The truth must be told that the Ayu-led PDP NWC lacks the moral right to query Governor Wike.
“I am warning that the threat to discipline Wike is capable of creating more factions in the PDP and therefore spell doom for the party in the forthcoming elections at all levels because the move is provocative.
“My call therefore is that Ayu should drop this unpopular idea. Not only that, the chairman must step down based on the various allegations that have been levelled against him.
“No serious political party will go into a general elections with a national chairman with allegations of graft around his neck.
“In case he does not know, Ayu-led PDP’s threat to suspend Wike is like a case of a squatter attempting to evict the landlord. In this case, Ayu is the squatter while Wike is the landord.
“If indeed he loves the party and wants it to win the forthcoming elections, Ayu should not remain as the party’s national chairman for an additional one day. The time for him to step down and allow peace reign is now.”