Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has openly stated that he will never work under Sheriff as PDP chairman. In an interview with Channels Television on Friday, Wike stated that it was against his “belief and tradition” to work with Sheriff.
Its no longer news that the country’s main opposition party has been locked in a fierce battle with itself over the chairmanship position. The party is currently divided into two factions, the Markarfi faction and the Sheriff Faction. Although the appeal court granted Sheriff chairmanship of the party, the supreme court recently struck out an appeal filed by the sheriff faction seeking cancellation of a hearing into Makarfi’s appeal. The Supreme Court is yet to release a date for final judgement in the case.
The Markarfi led faction has the support of a larger number of the party’s leadership and followers. Some chieftains like Ayo Fayose, the Ekiti state governor, have threatened to leave the party if Sheriff won at the Supreme Court.
Wike maintained his stance by adding that it was “very very unlikely” for him to work with Sheriff.
“Why we are following up this issue is for the stance of the law on certain things to be stated properly.It is very, very unlikely for me to be under Sheriff if the supreme court rules he is the party chairman. I can’t say if I will leave but of course I have my choice.There are things you can’t go on with, they’re certainly wrong
Have you seen the characters around Sheriff? Do the party have any clear roadmap with such person? And then you want me to go and work under such person? It is against my belief. It is even against the tradition, no I can’t do that.”