Believe it or not, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who defected to All Progressive Congress (APC) alongside 4 other erstwhile PDP Governors has a legion of supporters.
One of them is Hon. Seconte Davies who currently represents Bonny/ Degema Federal Constituency of Rivers State in the House of Representatives. He told Saturday Vanguard in this interview that the PDP is facign a great threat to its existence.
Bickering and infighting have engulfed your party, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with an implosion into the House of Representatives. How may you react to that?
I won’t actually call it bickering or infighting. What I see is difference in opinions on how the party should be run. If you look at the PDP as it has turned out to be of recent, even people have complained about one challenge, problem from the direction it was going but I think that the situation presently has worsened. Some leaders of the party decided to redirect it.
Apparently, the current leadership under Bamanga Tukur is not willing to listen to voice of reason. For me as a person, I am not much surprised because first and for most, Bamanga Turkur does not know how PDP came about. Therefore, whatever suggestion being given to him about what PDP is supposed to look like appears strange to him because he does not know where PDP supposed to be.
The unfortunate part is that some persons who should know better Bamanga Tukur is doing are not speaking up and I don’t know why they are speaking up. Otherwise, they are in a solution to also tell Bamanga that look, the way you are directing the party is not the direction is not good. But whatever reasons he has which I don’t know, which they have not expressed.
But as it is said, tyranny reigns when men keep silent. And so, there are still good men, relatively, who will not just sit down. They have to speak up. In fact, they went from place to place, talked to some of the leaders who believe that they were in a position to make thing work better.
that is not happening. What were the responses? Threats, intimidation, oppression using federal powers because PDP is the party in control at the federal level and all that. And we are in a democracy for Gods sake.
Things that are happening now, I cannot even imagine them under the military rule, even under the most draconian military regime we have had and since we are now in democracy, people must also stand up to protect their democratic right and that is what has happened in PDP.
But unfortunately, I have to tell you that the problem of the PDP has just started. Whether PDP wants to believe it or not, the truth is that there are so many people who, nominally are still in the PDP but operationally, morally, they are no longer PDP.
As the days go by, you will begin to see these things play out. It is not a question of saying if 10 people leave, 500 people will come. It is not a question of saying don’t worry when we win in 2015, these people will come back.
There is not any guarantee. In fact, I tell you without any fear of contradiction that if PDP wins 2015 under these circumstances, under this arrangement, it will be a major miracle. And let PDP not deceive itself because we have the indices.
In fact, every Nigerian that is not even a PDP person will know that what is happening in PDP does not portend any good. As I speak with you today, based on what has happened on Tuesday, PDP is a minority party in the House of Representatives. It is now a question of formalizing their minority which may take one or two weeks.
What is your grouse against Turkur?
Our grouse against him is the fragrant disobedience of the laws of the party; Total ignorance of the party’s constitution. If Tukur knew the party’s constitution, in the first place he wouldn’t have suspended Governor Amaechi because it is only NEC that can suspend a member of NEC. Ameachi is a member of NEC. He tried that with Wamako and quickly did a retreat.
Why did he not do a retreat in the case of Ameachi? Because they thought that there is somebody behind them who is supporting them. Every day, we hear the voice of Jacob, but see the hand of Esau.
We are seeing that everyday. But one day, he will be exposed. And he has only one option. It is either he repents or he perishes. But I hope that the Jacob will be like Jacob in the Bible who ran to God. But if he is not Jacob in the Bible and he is Jacob in Nigeria, then he will receive the reward for deception.