…Calls for Dickson’s resignation
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has rejected an offer of intervention by the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his public feud with the outgoing Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, over the Soku oil wells/fields returned to Rivers by a Federal High Court ruling.
Wike said in an interview that there was no premise for the intervention by the PDP leadership since the Federal High Court had already determined the issue in question.
“I don’t know why they are interceding. They have no power to resolve the issue of oil wells. Secondly, the matter has been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction,” the Governor said.
“Anybody, who is not satisfied should go on appeal. Are they interceding on behalf of someone, who betrayed the party?
“They know that Governor Dickson betrayed and sold out the party. They know that during 2019 election in Rivers State, what happened in the state. That Dickson worked with my opponent.
“Throughout that period, the National Chairman himself knows that people were calling from all over the country to know the situation. Dickson never called for one day.
“This was because of his alignment with the opposition. I can show proof that Dickson had already made up his mind to go over to the APC.
“I am not going to sit down with anybody to discuss anything as it relates to Governor Dickson. I have no business with Governor Dickson,” Wike declared.
He said that the right thing for Governor Dickson to do is to resign from the PDP so that party leaders in Bayelsa State can rebuild the party.
“In fact, Governor Dickson ought to have resigned from the party by now, so that the leaders of the PDP in Bayelsa would rebuild the party.
“The national leadership of the party should know that the only option left for PDP to be strong in Bayelsa is for Dickson to leave the party,” he said.
The Governor said that the party’s intervention was no longer profitable in view of the damage he said had been done by the outgoing Bayelsa Governor.
“Where was the party when Dickson sold out? Why couldn’t they come out to speak out? Governor Dickson, you have killed our party in that state. What is anyone wading in for? I am not going to be party to that and nobody will stop me.
“Nobody fights Rivers State and gets any benefits out of it. I have said it severally. I am not here because of my interest. I am here because of the interest of Rivers State.
“The party would have waded in when they saw fraud. That Dickson was killing the party in Bayelsa State. He has achieved his aim by making sure nobody comes after him as he leaves office in February, 2020.
“Do you know the effect of the APC winning Bayelsa State? And they are talking of wading in,” Wike asked.