The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says his Benue State counterpart, Dr. Samuel Ortom will not appear before the National Disciplinary Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over his alleged involvement in anti-party activities.
He also described the suspension of former Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose and others for alleged anti-party activities by the PDP as a nullity.
Governor Wike stated these in Government House, Port Harcourt while reacting to the PDP National working committee’s decision to punish Governor Ortom, Mr Fayose and others.
“I want to state clearly and let members of the party and Nigerians hear it clearly, the National Working Committee made up of Dr Iyorchia Ayu, who they say is the chairman of the party; Sam Anyanwu, the National Secretary and other members of NWC, cannot suspend Ayo Fayose, not to talk about referring Governor Ortom to national disciplinary committee”, he said.
Governor Wike explained that the decision of the NWC to refer Governor Ortom to the party’s National Disciplinary Committee is the height of all insult.
“If there is any person deserving suspension it should be you (Ayu), who played anti party by refusing to obey the constitution of the party on zoning of political offices as is required. So, whoever tells you can suspend people, please tell the person that he is not serious”, the Governor noted.
He cautioned Ayu and the NWC to desist from threatening the G-5 governors and members of the Integrity Group with suspension.
According to him, Ayu has by his recent action opened up a new chapter of political war in the party.
”You cannot cage any of us, Ortom will not appear before any of your so-called disciplinary committee. Ayodele Fayose will also never appear before any disciplinary committee”, Governor Wike added.
Reporting by by Victorson Agbenson, Editing by Daniel Adejo and Annabel Nwachukwu