The Governor of River state and Chairman of the 2016 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention Planning Committee, Nyesom Wike has in the face of the controversy surrounding the ousting of the acting national chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff declared that the PDP cannot be allowed to die.
Wike was one of the governors who turned around and demanded that Sheriff be fired at the party’s national convention on Saturday in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
In an interview after the convention, Wike described the sacked Sheriff as an agent of discord and destabilization when he was in charge noting that a huge crisis had emerged from the emergence of Sheriff as national chairman..
Wike said, “All along, the crisis has been about the former acting chairman whose emergence was strongly opposed.
“This was destabilizing the party and so we had to let him go. What is important is the party and not the individual. No sacrifice is too much for anyone to make as far as PDP is concerned.”
Against the backdrop of betrayal that Sheriff has accused the PDP governors of, Wike said he had no personal reasons to want Sheriff remain in office and he would always do what is best for the party because the party cannot be allowed to die..
He said, “We will not allow the PDP to die or suffer divisions under our watch. History will never forgive us if we watch the party die.”
Wike also thinks that the convention was a successful one because the party has been steered back into the right direction, even though no national officers were elected.