By Austen AKHAGBEME:
Every ardent follower of Nigeria politics especially in the recent past up until now, knows Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his idiosyncrasies.
He is not the type that hides his emotions but would rather choose to shoot straight from the hips, no matter the target. His husky but hoarse voice does not belittle the enormity, weight and effect of his venom.
In his characteristic mien, he took on the embattled governor Obaseki of Edo state and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu. Wike called them out with a tongue-lashing, daring them to declare who their “Father” is while promising them a dirtier battle in time to come.
Wike’s constant vituperation has become a source of worry to every lover of decorum, maturity and peace needed to drive the ship of the Nigerian state to belt on a comfortable anchor. His frequent outburst has become uncharacteristic of a self-acclaimed God-father, mouthpiece and “defender” of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Why is Governor Wike so easily vociferous, agitated and verbally vindictive on anything that looks like an assault on his Party, PDP or his egoistic persona?
Here’s Wike, who once called the entire Party apparachik out, berated them and threatened fire and brimstone in the days of the ensuing subterfuge that swept out the reign of Uche Secondus from the PDP as the Chairman. But today, with the risk of offending morality and modesty, Wike is shouting hoarse against those he felt are unduly threatening the finger that fed them.
PDP as a party is supposed to be a home of equal joiners and owners. Therefore, to insist that others are “Tenants”, inadvertently shows how possessive some party leaders can be. Even at that, tenants still have rights as long as their “tenancy” subsist. In this case, the political tenancy must have been hugely purchased at a very high price; therefore the”tenant” deserve some space to express himself.
It is high time the PDP elders at the national level call these “Landlords” and “tenants” to order while ensuring a final stop to these infantile jabs by both parties.