Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that anyone who loves the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will make sacrifices for the sustenance of the party after the loss it suffered during the 2015 general elections.
The governor stressed that only party members with hidden agenda would work towards creating disquiet in the party as committed members struggle to re-position it.
Addressing the National Convention Planning Committee meeting of the party at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday night, Governor Wike said majority of the so-called founding members holding press conferences could not travel to their constituencies to campaign for the PDP, despite being adequately mobilised as recent events have shown.
The meeting had in attendance Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, Former Ebonyi State Governor, Senator Sam Egwu, Former Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, Former Rivers State Governor, Celestine Omehia and Former Minister of Women Affairs , Josephine Anenih amongst other PDP leaders from the six geo-political zones. Also in attendance were members of National Assembly.
He said: “Anybody who loves this party, knows that this is the time to make sacrifices. We are rebuilding this party and we need to work together in unity to succeed.
“It is important that we work as a team as that is the only way for us to achieve set goals. Only those with hidden agenda, will work against the party.
“For us in this geo-political zone, we have no other political party to run to, otherwise we will considered a conquered people. That is why we work hard to ensure that the party is sustained “.
Speaking further, Governor Wike said : “When you give conditions to the party, it means you have something on your mind. These are people who could not go home to campaign for the party during the last elections. They remained in Abuja. Now, they are issuing threats “.
The governor urged members of the party to remain focused and work towards a successful and hitch-free convention.
The National Convention Planning Committee will meet again on Sunday to conclude plans for the event.
Reported by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media