David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, says Nyesom Wike, his Rivers counterpart, is a “dictator” who “remote-controls” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Umahi stated this in reaction to Wike’s comment that he left the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of his 2023 presidential ambition.
Wike, on Tuesday, while reacting to the Umahi’s defection to the APC, had said the Ebonyi state governor left PDP because he wants to be president.
“My friend, Umahi, wants to be president. There is no problem about that. You have a right to be president. Nobody can stop you. You are educated. You have been a governor for two terms, so you are qualified to say I want to be president of Nigeria. But that does not mean that you have to blackmail your party, and tell lies to the people you are leaving the party because of the injustice meted against the south-east. That is not correct,” Wike had said.
However, Umahi, in an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday, warned Wike against “attacking” him over his decision to the leave the PDP.
“I refused to join issues with Wike because he is my friend. But Wike must know that he is a dictator. Wike must know that one person cannot be called a crowd. Wike must know that a lot of governors in PDP are not very happy with him. He remote-controls the party,” the Ebonyi governor said.
“He (Wike) said that I made my brother the vice-chairman. I fund the PDP south-east from A to Z. And he has forgotten that he singlehandedly made Secondus the (PDP) chairman. He has forgotten that he wanted to impose one of his own as minority leader of the house.
There is nothing that happens in PDP without his authorisation. He once said that PDP national working committee members are beggars and bribe takers. I have asked him that let’s not take on ourselves or else it will be very dangerous.
“So, let’s us face the party. The party does not belong to him. And this is by no means personal, and he is demonstrating the dictatorial tendencies in him by taking on me, a fellow governor. And that is very shameful.”
The Ebonyi governor also claimed that more governors will leave the PDP, if Wike does not stop “remote-controlling what happens in other states”.
“APC does more consultation. Anybody can contravene this that PDP working committee is being remote-controlled and that is the truth and it is very dangerous and all the governors know that,” Umahi said.
You (Wike) cannot stay in your state and you will be remote-controlling what happens in other states. Unless that changes, you will see a lot of governors leaving the party.”