The Yoruba Sons and Daughters in PDP are angry at the utterances of the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike against the Yorubas and for calling Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a statesman and a former president of Nigeria a failure.
This was contained in a statement titled, â€œThe Yoruba people: Time for reflection,â€ made available to our correspondent on Wednesday.
â€œOur leaders are being mocked. Our symbols of truth and sincerity are now being derided, snubbed, treated with contempt and disowned.
â€œThe irreverent, scandalous, arrogant and most myopic statement of the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, is the crowning of all insults upon our people.
â€œWike, in his most arrogant and selfish swagger, openly derided our people as being inconsequential and of no practical political importance in the PDP.
â€œThis is rather scandalous and very benighted. He even insulted our former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, as a failure. This is an aberration.
â€œWe at the Congress of Yoruba Sons and Daughters within the PDP fold are outraged, angry, disappointed, very sad and sickened about this very primitive utterance of Governor Wike.
â€œWe demand an immediate and full apology from Mr. Wike for his gutter language against our people,â€ the group said in the statement signed by its chairman, Dayo Ogunjebe.
Ogunjebe said the Yoruba did not deserve to be unfairly treated in the PDP, having â€œworked assiduously for the growth and development of the PDP.â€
He said, â€œIn both financial and moral terms, the Yoruba people have been selfless, making tremendous sacrifices. (They have been) consistent and devoted to the growth of our party.
â€œBut we have been cheated. We have been maligned. The chairmanship position that rightly belongs to us has been taken away. It has been sold to the highest bidder.
â€œLet Wike and the Yoruba betrayers at home know that we will never play the role of a second fiddle to anyone. We are proud of our heritage. We are proud of our achievements across this nation. We do respect the feelings and the tradition of other people. Surely, we will never sit idle while anyone attacks the collective interest of the Yoruba race.â€
The group insisted that Wike must apologise for â€œhis indecent statement.â€
It argued that with the failure to give the PDP National Chairmanâ€™s position to a Yoruba man, the opposition party had â€œslowly dwindled into a regional party with Wike swaggering like an overlord.â€
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