Ahead of Thursday’s (today) make or mar meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Executive Committee (NEC), Rivers Gov. Nyesom Wike Monday vowed to fight to end over-concentration of critical positions in the party to the North.

He also said he would not leave his battle in PDP in the hands of God as God had already given him the wherewithal to crush his enemies in the party.

Speaking as he inaugurated the Osisioma Flyover built in Aba by Abia Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, Wike said efforts by some PDP leaders to break his ranks and infiltrate his team to weaken their resolve would end in futility, insisting he had the capacity to flog his opponents and describing them as small boys he won’t wait to flog “with pepper.”

He said PDP had distributed positions to its presidential candidate – Atiku Abubakar; his running mate – Delta Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa and former Senate Pres. Bukola Saraki, but offered Abia nothing.

Wike said: “All those they are fighting are those who are projecting their party. They said Abia governor is a boy, Wike is a boy, Seyi (Makinde) is a boy, (Samuel) Ortom is a boy and Enugu governor is a boy, see what the boys are doing. They that are men should show us what they are doing.”

When Ikpeazu, in response, suggested Wike should leave matters to God, the oil-rich Rivers governor replied: “I was on plane with him and we were discussing and he said, why won’t I leave this thing for God and I said what do you mean by that?

“Why are you overcrowding God? God has given me what it takes for me to crush these people, for me to crush my enemies and you are telling me I should leave it for God. No. God has so many things to do.

“Now that I know I have the capacity to flog these small boys and you want me to go and leave it for God. I am going to flog them pepper.”


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