Following the protracted political crisis in Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and 27 members of the State House of Assembly loyal to him have been stopped from attending the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party slated for August 31, 2013.
The Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt shortly after appearing before the Performance Evaluation Committee of the state PDP, said it would not be possible for any member of the party that had been under suspension to partake in the activities of the PDP until the suspension was lifted.
“I know that all party chairmen are delegates; I know that House of Assembly members are delegates. Unfortunately, some of our House of Assembly members are suspended. That means they will not be able to participate in the forthcoming PDP national convention.
“If you are suspended from the party, you cannot be taking part in the activities of the party until your suspension is lifted. So it has nothing to do with me,” Wike said.
Reacting to his widely publicized ambition to govern the state in 2015, the minister said, “As per governing the state, if we are doing something that is not in line with their plans, they always read meanings to it. Whether anybody wants to govern or not, nobody is stopping anybody. It is God that gives power.
“My role today is to make sure that PDP still takes the state. That is what we are doing. If that is their view, they can die with the view.
“I have never told anybody but if they feel that I am very active in what I am doing to suggest that there is something I want to do, that is their own interpretation. But what I know is that PDP must grow from strength to strength.”
Wike told newsmen that he was in the state to honour the invitation from the Performance Evaluation Committee of the state PDP, maintaining that he does not need to disobey the party.
“I don’t need to disobey the party. If the party invites me to come for them (PDP) to interact with me, I have to honour that invitation,” he added.