A former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party, nPDP, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has said the defection of 27 lawmakers loyal to Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, at the Rivers State House of Assembly, is pointing to the fact that the former Governor’s political structure is crumbling.
Eze who made this known in a statement made available to newsmen, said the lawmakers are stocked in the state legislature like pieces of furniture, receiving orders and prohibitions from Wike, regardless of whether their actions suit the aspirations of their constituents on whose mandate they serve.
According to him, the immediate former Rivers State Governor has, by his lack of character, succeeded in shooting himself in the foot, and to ensure he doesn’t drown alone, conscripted the 27 lawmakers who he said have embarked on a journey towards losing their seats by Section 109 of the constitution.
He said: “Though temporarily, let me formally welcome the 27 lawmakers to the cancerous political party as remarked by their Principal, Nyesom Wike, who once described APC as suffering from stage four cancer, which indicates that the party is at the stage of total collapse,” he said.
“It is sad that a man who has predicted the collapse of the party is being treated as someone with a magic wand. Those of us who sacrificed our lives and blood to build up APC will not stay aloof and allow Wike and some of his misguided friends to destroy our party no matter the odds.”
Eze however urged the National Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, take over the functions of the legislature in the State to avoid crippling its economy and fortunes, now that the Governor needs to have his 2024 budget presented and passed.
“This request is crucial and should be considered with swift urgency if the National Assembly has the interest of the State, SSouth-Southand democracy at heart,” he added.
According to the party Chieftain, Governor Siminalayi Fubara should note that it is no longer advisable to continue to play a gentleman’s game, saying that the Governor must be aware that it is time to take the fight to Wike and dismantle him formally without any further delay.
According to him, the time is ripe for Fubara to dissolve the Local Government Area councils and the state Exco for the general interest of the state and his administration.
He noted that the dissolution will enable the Governor to select those who share in his vision to be reappointed into the State EXCO.
“If he misses this opportunity he should have himself alone to be blamed”, Eze warned.