Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike has expressed his readiness to remain in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and fight from within for its survival.
The governor stated this Thursday at a meeting with the state’s PDP stakeholders at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Some PDP members loyal to the governor had during a meeting Wednesday announced their withdrawal from the party’s presidential campaign council over Ayu’s refusal to vacate the chairmanship seat.
At Thursday’s meeting in Port Harcourt, the governor said he would stay back and fight for the entrenchment of unity, equity and peace in the party, insisting the PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, must resign.
He said members should respect the provision of the party’s constitution on the zoning of offices.
Wike said: “You have taken the presidential candidate, you have taken party chairman, you have also taken the DG of the campaign. We are talking about party politics. Decisions are made by the presidential candidate, the chairman of the party, and the DG of the campaign.
“They are telling you they told the chairman of the BOT to resign. So you know there is a problem. You said he should go and resign.
“You can put pressure on him to resign when his tenure hasn’t come to an end. But you cannot put pressure on the chairman to resign. You think at our level, you will deceive us. You will tell us stories.
“Let me state this clearly, if anybody is thinking or doing anything to think that we will leave PDP, foul.
“We will do the fight in the party. We are not like them when in 2014 they walked out of Eagle Square. They’ve forgotten. They walked out and joined APC. Is it not correct?
“Did they remain to fight inside the party? But we remained, they ran away. Now, there is a fight in the party, we will not run.”