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Ex-office holders part of impunity in government – Nyesom Wike

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Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has said he hates the habit of most Nigerian politicians who are no longer in power but remain busy criticizing those running the affairs of government.

He said this in Lagos when he spoke to the media on the allegations of impunity leveled against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party and the Jerry Gana-led Strategy Review Committee of the PDP.

Wike said that most members of the Jerry Gana-led Strategy Review Committee of the PDP who claimed that the party lost the 2015 presidential election due to impunity did not act any differently when they were in position of power both in government and within the party.

The governor said that impunity was not a political cankerworm particular to the PDP alone but a problem that affected Nigerian democracy as a whole

He said: “When people are no longer in control, they criticize, When they are no longer in power, they seem to forget that they used to be in power.

“But, the point is that those of them who are saying there is impunity in the party held some of the positions needed to direct how the party was run in their various states.

“That is one thing I don’t like about Nigerian politicians. You are in a position today, you participate in impunity, you leave that position tomorrow, and you claim that the problem we have is because of impunity in the party simply because you have lost control. The moment you have lost control, you find out the system does not work well, which is very wrong.

“There is no impunity in the PDP but there is impunity in Nigerian democracy.

“Most of the governors in Jerry Gana’s committee when they were governors what happened? Let’s tell ourselves the simple truth. I have not read the committee’s report but based on the issue of impunity in the PDP, I will say something is wrong with the report.”

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