by Stanley Azuakola
In the last two months, the minister of state for education, Nyesom Wike, has been in full campaign mode, constantly in Rivers state rather than Abuja where his primary assignment lies. This is despite the fact that universities in the country have been closed down due to a strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Hardly a week passes without the report of another Nyesom Wike-led inauguration of the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), his political action group which is expected to form the grassroots mobilisation team for his 2015 gubernatorial ambition.
On Sunday, he was in Ahoada local government area of the state to commission and dedicate members of yet another GDI. He used that occasion to vow that the condition for reconciliation between the Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and President Goodluck Jonathan would not be met.
He alleged that the camp of Governor Amaechi had demanded that the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) structure in the state be restored to the governor. He said that such a condition was unreachable.
Despite the fact that President Jonathan continues to insist that he had not declared intention to run for office in 2015, Wike nonetheless rained curses on those he claimed were opposed to the re-election plans of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“I was watching television last night and I heard some of them saying that one of the conditions they have given is that they should give the party structure to the governor. But I say we don’t operate emirate system. We don’t operate a monarchical system. So, we don’t ‘dash’ out party structure. It is the people that voted for them. So, we cannot ‘dash’ out party structure. It is you (the people) that voted for him. So we cannot ‘dash’ them anything.
‘’You people should ask your representatives about what they have been doing in Abuja, I read on the pages of newspapers recently about some people talking. The time is over for them, these are people who cannot compete. We now have a Chairman who will allow everybody to express themselves and compete, PDP is a party of competition. We have made a mistake in the past and we shall correct the mistakes now,’’ he said.