Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said he will not withdraw the lawsuits against the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, because he does not trust the chairman to honour agreements.
The Rivers state governor said this in a meeting with the Senator David Mark- led committee set up by the PDP National Executive Committee to resolve the party’ s crisis.
The bid by Secondus to seek re- election and the determination of the Rivers State governor to stop him is reported to be the genesis of the crisis.
The Mark- led panel had met with Secondus and Wike with a proposal that they both withdraw pending lawsuits to pave the way for the peaceful resolution of the crisis.
While Secondus agreed to withdraw on the condition that the other party does the same, Wike insisted on going ahead with his.
The report submitted by the Mark- led committee quoted Governor Wike as insisting that the ” court cases instituted would not be withdrawn because of the lack of confidence in the other party to keep agreements” .
This was contained in the report submitted by the committee to the party’ s NEC at its 93rd meeting in Abuja, on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a report by the Nigerian Tribune newspaper indicates that governors elected under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have ceded the right to produce the next national chairman of the party as they ratified the zoning of offices in the National Working Committee (NWC).
According to the report, the former governors met in Abuja on Wednesday, September 8 where they invited other party stakeholders to their session to seek their input in the zoning arrangement for the new NWC that would be elected at the October national convention.
During the meeting, an agreement was reached on the slots to be given to former governors and ministers to field candidates.
Following the agreement, the former governors may now produce the next national chairman of the party to replace Prince Uche Secondus apart from a few other offices now allocated to them.
The former governors and ministers were requested to agree among themselves on how to share the positions.
Among the former governors that attended the meeting were Ahmed Makarfi, Sule Lamido, Emeka Ihedioha, Babangida Aliyu, and Ibrahim Idris.
In another report, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state has declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would record a massive victory in the 2023 general election.
Premium Times reports that the party would defeat the opposition at the poll going by the number of people who joined the party during its recent membership registration exercise.
It was gathered that the governor spoke when he received the mid- term report of last Saturday, September 4, APC local government congress from the National Working Committee chaired by Aliyu Kumo at the Government House, Katsina.
Governor Masari said the party had laid a solid foundation for its success in the next general election with its record of performance in the country.
Vanguard also reports that Masari explained that the APC in the state adopted consensus for the just concluded ward and local governments congresses held in the 34 local government areas and 361 political wards of the state after a unanimous decision took during the APC stakeholders’ meeting in the state.
The governor, however, commended journalists in the state, particularly members of the correspondent’ s chapel, for their foresight, effective and balance reportage and called for the tempo to be sustained.