Defection: Wike challenges Umahi to debate over allegations against PDP




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•L-R: Governor Dave Umahi and Governor Nyesom Wike


 ABUJA – Governor Nyesom Wike Rivers on Wednesday challenged his counterpart Dave Umahi, to a debate over reasons he gave for defecting from Peoples Democratic Party to All Progressives Congress.

Wike threw challenge during his appearance on Politics Today, a day after Umahi confirmed his much-speculated defection.

Rivers governor was unhappy with the actions Umahi in the build-up to his defection and his claims there is injustice in the PDP and more for consultations in the APC among other things.

Asked if the PDP is willing to make some adjustments to allow room for better consultations, Wike ruled himself out such a move insisting such problem exists in the party.

“Let me tell you one thing, assuming the party even to do , won’t be a party to it. Nobody threatens anybody because you want to something,” he said.

According to him, Umahi’s comment means he has been working with the APC.

“If he has not been working with the APC, how will he know there is more room for consultation in APC in PDP? The point remains that Umahi knows and challenge him to a debate and will tell him am not saying that he shouldn’t be a president. Nobody is God to say who will be President and who will not be President. It is God. “But the point everybody is making is ‘when did you consult Ndigbo?’ ‘When did you consult the leadership of the South-East Peoples Democratic Party?”.

“This so-called injustice you are talking about; you were chairman of the party under PDP – there was injustice. You were deputy governor under the party – there was injustice. You were governor for four years before, there was injustice.

“Now you are a second-term governor, you are realising there is injustice for the presidency. Has PDP come out to say we are zoning Presidency to A or B for you now to say, ‘Yes, having done this against my people will go here because these people have zoned it to us. Since they have zoned it to us, will move to that place (party) because am a man that to fight for my people. So, on what basis can you now say there is injustice?”. (Channels TV)