Setback for Atiku as Wike’s Group Pulls Out of Campaign Council
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
Following the ongoing conflict affecting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor Nyesom Wike’s team has withdrawn from Atiku Abubakar’s campaign council, INCNews247 has learnt.
The news of the incident was made public shortly after a meeting that took place early hours of Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital of Rivers.
Members of the Rivers State Governor’s team reportedly swore during the meeting not to participate in Atiku’s campaign leading up to the general elections in 2023.
According to them, they have no part in the coming presidential election until the National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, resigns his position.
In a communique read by a chieftain of the PDP, Olabode George in the meeting at the village home of Governor Wike, it was resolved that unless Ayu resigns his position as the national chairman of the party for an Acting southern chairman, the team would never participate in the campaigns.
Some of the key faces in the meeting included Bode George, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, former Governors of Ondo, Olusegun Mimiko, Donald Duke of Cross River, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti States, Prof Jerry Gana, among others.
According to a source, the meeting which started at about 7pm on Tuesday night, lasted till about 3 a.m. on Wednesday.
Recall that Wike’s loyalists in the main opposition party had demanded the resignation of Ayu as the only condition to restore normalcy in the party.
The current crisis followed the outcome of the party’s presidential primary election which produced the former vice president as the party’s flagbearer.