For Falsely Accusing Col Akobundu, Gov Wike Receives Lashes, ‘You’re The Culprit, Not Akobundu’, PDP Faithful Assert

For Falsely Accusing Col Akobundu, Gov Wike Receives Lashes, ‘You’re The Culprit, Not Akobundu’, PDP Faithful Assert

More condemnations have trailed the frivolous allegation by Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike against the National Organising Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Col Austin Akobundu (rtd).

It will be recalled that Nyesom Wike had during a live programme in the African Independent Television (AIT) alleged that Col Akobundu (rtd) took PDP Ward executives list from a member of the House of Representatives in the state.

The allegation, according to many, is unfounded and spurious, even as some party faithful equally accused the Rivers State chief executive of executing the same role he falsely accused Akobundu of.

In his swift reaction to Wike’s statement, a PDP chieftain, Ambassador Emmanuel Uebari Piegbe, explained that the Rivers State governor was making a wrong allegation because he has lost out in the chess game to oust the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus out of office.

Piegbe, an Ogoni man from Rivers State and founder, PDP Ambassadors Worldwide ironically recounted what Governor Wike did in Rivers State during the Ward and LGAs congresses of the party, where he hijack the PDP Wards and LGA list of Andoni Council without allowing Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the party to nominate his candidates in his Ward and LGA.

Similarly, Elder Henry Nwoha, former Transition Chairman of Ikwuano; Col Akobundu and Representative Sam Onuigbo’s homestead, where the incident was said to have happened, denied that such a thing occurred in Ikwuano, pointing out that Governor Wike was wrongly informed on the incident

“The Representative Sam Onuigbo was given more than seven Wards during the last PDP Congresses. He left because he wanted to leave. By the way, which state has lost more PDP members to APC as Rivers State? Wike’s falsehood should be refuted; it’s not true at all”, he maintained, describing Wike as power drunk.

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Nonetheless, Piegbe in his statement accused Governor Wike of refusing and openly declaring his support for Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State during the 2019 Presidential election, stressing “you, Governor Wike forced your personal decision on every party leader and member that the 2019 PDP National Convention to Elect the Presidential Candidate must be held in Port Harcourt.

Full text of Piegbe’s statement obtained by our Reporter reads:


“H.E Gov. Nyesom Wike (CON) Governor of Rivers State, please I  have five (5) constructive,  democratic and self-examination questions to ask you and the general Public, Journalist and Party Members are eagerly waiting for your answers:

“You made an allegation against the PDP National Organizing Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu, on AIT Live interview that “He took PDP Ward Executives List, from a House of Representative Member in Abia State” which is not true, a frivolous allegation.

“My first question, as a concerned Rivers State  OGONI-MAN:

H.E Gov. Nyesom Wike (CON), did you give the opportunity to *Prince Uche Secondus PDP National Chairman,* to nominate  his own “PDP Ward & LGA Executives List ” in Andoni LGA in Rivers State? In the last PDP Rivers State Congresses ? Be sincere, we are waiting for your answers.

2.” My second question: The April 17, 2021 LGA Election in Rivers State, in the PDP Primary Nomination for Chairmanship & Councilorship Candidates, did you give the opportunity to  *H.E, Prince Uche Secondus, in his capacity, as the PDP National Chairman- and the NUMBER ONE MEMBER, OF PDP IN NIGERIA*  to nominate his own PDP Ward Councillor and PDP Chairmanship Candidate, for *Andoni LGA in Rivers State ?*

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3. “My third question: In your AIT interview, you stated that in PDP, that no Leader should cross from his LGA, to dictate what happens in another Leaders LGA, in Rivers State… Now, H.E Gov. Nyesom Wike (CON); why are you crossing from Obio/Akpor your LGA in Rivers State, to dictate what happens in a *PDP Ward in Abia State ?*

4. “My fourth question: H.E Gov. Nyesom Wike (CON), on the AIT Live chat, you have openly declared your full support for your bossom friend, who helped you, while you were running for ALGON Vice-president… To emerge as Governor, Cross Rivers State 2023, without apology to any PDP stakeholder in Cross Rivers State… Now again, why are you attacking the *Abia State Governorship Ambition, of Col. Austin Akobundu (Rtd) ?*  Why do you want to dictate what happens in all  other PDP State Chapters in Nigeria ?

“Finally, my fifth question: H.E Gov. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON); when we fought so hard to redeem the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the hands of Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff (SAS) & Co. in 2017… H.E Gov. Nyesom Wike (CON), you personally brought *Prince Uche Secondus, for PDP National Chairman*… Since December 2017 – August 2021, did you reach out to those who lost in the 2017 PDP National Convention for Reconciliation?

“After the 2017 PDP National Convention, and the aggrieved contestants setup a *”Parallel PDP National Secretariat- FRESH PDP”*… It was the spirited effort of the *PDP National Organizing Secretary, Rtd. Col. Austin Akobundu*  and the former Governor of Bayelsa State, H.E Rt. Hon. Serieke Dickson, who  intervened and call for a reconciliatory meeting in NEC hall, Wadata  plaza and reached out to all the contestants that lost, in the 2017 PDP National Convention.

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“It could be recalled that, the 2017 PDP National Convention, founding Members and  prominent leaders of PDP, such as *H.E High Chief Olabode Ibiyinka George (Atoona Odua)(CON)* contested for the PDP National Chairmanship. I, *Amb. Piegbe, Emmanuel Uebari, stood behind Bode George’s slate, and contested for PDP National Treasurer.*

“H.E High Chief Raymond A. Dokpesi, contested for PDP National Chairmanship, H.E  Prof. Toaheed Adedoja, also contested for the PDP National Chairmanship, H.E Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun State, also contested for PDP National Chairmanship and a host of others too numerous to mention…

“H. E Gov. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (CON); you remember I personally visited you in Government House, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, with my former Boss, High Chief Olabode Ibiyinka George (Atoona Odua) (CON)… Build up to 2019 Presidential Election, despite all the consultations we made to you, to support.

“H.E Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON) for President 2019;* you refused and openly declared your support for *H.E Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State* and you forced your personal decision on every Party Leaders and Members that the *2019 PDP National Convention*, to Elect Presidential Candidate *MUST BE HELD* in Port Harcourt… *I, Amb. Piegbe, Emmanuel Uebari, personally stood behind H.E, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON)…* How we beat you to your own game in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and H.E Alhaji Atiku Abubakar GCON, emerged the PDP Presidential Candidate, remains a mirage to you, till date…  Why must it be your own personal decisions always, that should prevail on a National Party,  such as PDP?

“H.E, Ambassador Piegbe, Emmanuel Uebari.

Founder & Former Chairman.


Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.

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