The National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, has described Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as a man of strength who does not pretend or hide his feelings.
Senator Anyanwu, a former member of the National Assembly, said Wike doesn’t hide his feelings if he is angry or happy, stressing that the Rivers governor cannot destroy the party he contributed to build.
In an interview with Vanguard, Anyanwu said Wike’s agitation is legitimate and should be allowed to express his grievances regarding the imbalance in the PDP leadership.
He said that Wike is not fighting the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, or the vice presidential candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa, but he is simply asking for equity and justice.
Anyanwu, however, said the Rivers governor is his very close friend and would remain his ally despite the rift between him and the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
He said: “First of all, I am not God to know what a man is thinking. Two, Wike is my very close friend and will remain my friend. That does not mean I control what he does, that does not mean I control his mindset or can predict what he will do next.
”He is not fighting the presidential candidate, he is not fighting the vice presidential candidate but he is asking for equity and justice, that is what he just said. He is speaking his mind to Nigerians, so I wouldn’t know what next.
“I know Wike is not a pretender, that is what I can tell you, he is a man that shows strength, he doesn’t hide his feelings, if he is angry, he will show he is angry, if he is happy, you will know he is happy but to go and backbite or be inside PDP and destroy PDP, that can never be the Wike that I know.”
Anyanwu disclosed that he became the party’s National Scribe with the help of Wike, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, his Abia state counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu, and some of the leaders in the South East.
He said: God used good men and my friends like Governor Wike, Governor Ugwuanyi and all the South East Governors and some of the leaders in the South East to nominate me as the National Secretary which was zoned to the South East. How it came to me is that none of the governors in the South East wanted a principal position zoned to his state. Enugu State Governor refused because the immediate past National Youth Leader came from his state. Ikpeazu didn’t want to because the immediate past National Organizing Secretary was from his state.
”Then, in Ebonyi State, we already had the National Vice Chairman. So, it was only Imo and Anambra left. For Imo, we needed to give the state a principal position because we have an APC governor there and we needed to get somebody who is strong to stand for the party, that was how it was zoned to Imo State. Of course, this was not without resistance from those who see me as a political enemy but God who is the author of our life and faith granted me the opportunity and today, I’m the National Secretary of the PDP.”