The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to claims by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that some members of its National Working Committee (NWC) are tax collectors.
The PDP stated that no member of its NWC sponsored any media publication to malign Nyesom Wike.
The River State governor accused the PDP NWC of being sycophants who would never tell the truth.
“They said because an order was obtained from a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, then I am responsible.
“I have had sleepless nights to resolve the issue in Edo state. The Governors of Edo, Adamawa, and Delta states, know what I have done to resolve the issues in Edo state.
“As a result of this senseless accusation, I have pulled out of Edo State settlement. My integrity matters. I have also directed my lawyer to write ThisDay Newspaper on the publication they made against me in their Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 edition.
“I know the members of the National Working Committee of PDP who connived with ThisDay. They are tax collectors. Let them challenge me and I will come out with more facts.
“Nobody will rubbish me by raising false accusations against me. I will fight back”.
Reacting in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP described the ThisDay publications as the handwork of external forces and its enemies who are bent on sowing seeds of discord within the party.
The statement reads: “The NWC also wishes to place on record that none of its members has acted like a “tax collector” in whatever meaning the term represents, either in the process leading to the Edo primary election, or any other state.
“Our party holds Governor Wike and indeed all our PDP governors, who, of course, have been the pillars of our great party, with utmost respect and had always consulted them on all party affairs.
“PDP appreciates the efforts and sacrifices of our governors and will not allow enemies of our party, who are out to cause disunity in our fold by sponsoring baseless publications against our leaders, to have their way.”