The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike is no longer a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a member of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), Timothy Osadolor has said.
Osadolor said Wike is no longer a member of the main opposition party given his conduct before, during, and after the 2023 general elections.
In an interview with Punch, the NEC member noted that the leadership of the party had decided to isolate Wike and render him inconsequential in the affairs of the PDP.
Osadolor said the former governor’s recent public outings wherein he appeared to be leaning towards the All Progressives Congress (APC) give him away as a man in perpetual craving for the spotlight at all times and regardless of the cost to his image as an opposition political leader.
He said, “The PDP has ignored Wike because the man is no longer himself. There are more ways to deal with people apart from sanctioning them. You can keep someone in isolation. He (Wike) can boast that he is the one that stayed away but is it not better to stay away than come to party activities and nobody wants to associate with you? He has been given a cold treatment because he went to court to procure a judgment that says he cannot be suspended but there is no judgment that says he cannot be avoided. That is what the PDP has been doing to him and technically, if Wike wants to say the truth, he will tell you that he is no longer a member of the PDP. No PDP leader or member behaves the way he does.”
However, in a swift reaction, the immediate past Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Chris Finebone, said Wike remained a bona fide member of the opposition party.
Finebone, also a chieftain of the PDP described Osadolor’s comments as wishful thinking.
According to him, the NEC member does not have any power to speak for the party.
He stated, “We can’t identify who he represents, but I think it is wishful thinking. It is wishful thinking and the man who is said to have said that is inconsequential as far as we are concerned.
“And so, whatever he has said is of no effect. His Excellency, the former Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is 110 per cent a member of PDP and nothing has changed. And nothing can change it.”
Finebone described as petty and frivolous, an accusation that Wike has been hobnobbing with Tinubu.
In other news, Kanyi Daily reported that a total of seventeen suspected internet fraudsters, better known as “Yahoo Boys” were on Tuesday, arrested by operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The EFCC recovered two exotic cars, 26 mobile phones, and other items from them.