The immediate past National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojugboh, has alleged that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike is influencing the party leadership with huge money.
He said this was to ensure that his candidate, Uche Secondus, emerge as the national chairman at the forthcoming convention of the party.
Speaking with Vanguard, he said, “The PDP, despite voted out of power, learnt nothing. You can see how impunity led to crisis in the party, you have seen how impunity even now is waging war against the party.
“How can the party say that the position of chairman of a party cannot be micro-zoned in the South just because they have been influenced, because they have a candidate, and want to produce Uche Secondus. And the reason they want to produce Uche Secondus is very simple and that is why we left the party.
“The reason is because of Wike. Wike’s treasury bag is huge. It attracts the party leaders like a magnet! That is the only reason. Ordinarily, the party leaders know that what is best for the party is to keep the chairmanship of the party in the Southwest. If Secondus emerges as the chairman of the party, you will see what is going to happen.”
Asked who brought Sheriff to lead the party, he recalled that it was Wike and Ekiti Governor Ayo Fayose.
“They went to bring the man from his house. I told them the way you people are bringing Sheriff is wrong. I told them and they said, ‘you, Dr. Cairo, national vice-chairman of the party, you are arguing with me, a governor?’
“That was what Wike told me. I said, ‘Wike, yes, today, you are a governor, I respect your position but remember very well what Nnamdi Azikiwe told Ukpabi Asika. That the lorry that brought him from Onitsha to Lagos has ‘No Condition is Permanent’ written on it.
“I told him that. As it would happen his condition and his position changed and my condition and position changed. That is life for you. I told him, no condition is permanent.”