- South-South Govs Move Against Wike Reiterate Support For Atiku
- They Want To Kill Me Because I Asked Ayu To Resign-Wike
Ahead of the 2023 General Election, the gulf in the Peoples Democratic Party appears to be widening on a daily basis.
The recent crack in the country’s main opposition party came to the fore on Wednesday as the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-South region of Nigeria met in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Wednesday, and backed the candidacy of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa.
The governors include Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and the host Duoye Diri (Bayelsa).
However, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was conspicuously absent at the meeting. Addressing journalists after the meeting, Obaseki said the meeting was to support Atiku and Okowa ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He noted that the party’s regional governors also met in Bayelsa to commiserate with their colleague whose states was ravaged by floods recently.
“We have a PDP South-South Governors Forum and our vice-presidential candidate, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is our Chairman and we decided to host a meeting of the Forum in Bayelsa this evening to have an opportunity to come and visit our brother who has gone through so much in the flooding crisis we have here,” he said.
“It also afforded us an opportunity to discuss matters of mutual interest to us PDP governors ahead of the next presidential and national elections.
“We also want to use the opportunity to come and show support and also find out from our brother, the vice-presidential candidate, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on the goings on on the national level and to reiterate our total support for the candidacy of President Atiku Abubakar and to assure them that we are here.”
Meanwhile, Wike has alleged a threat to his life over his call that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, should prevail on the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu to resign.
Wike alleged that they threatened him for insisting that Ayu should resign as the National Chairman of PDP.
He disclosed this at the commissioning of the Akpabu-Itu-Umudiogha Road in the Emohua Local Government Area of the state yesterday.
Wike explained that he is not agitating that Atiku should relinquish his ticket.
According to Wike: “When I see some people running around and talking rubbish, they forget history easily. Today, we are not saying the presidential candidate should relinquish his ticket. We are not being selfish.
“We are only saying since you are now the presidential candidate, let our people take chairmanship and they say they will kill me. Is it possible?”
He said some people he described as rent-seekers from the state were running around Atiku, hoping that they would become ministers.
“When you see some rent seekers from here going around saying they will give me minister of finance, they will give me governor of Central Bank, you haven’t killed an animal and you are saying women, don’t eat it. Kill the animal first to know whether women will eat or not.
“I don’t want that kind of promise. Give my people this one we are talking about now. Give us the chairman so that things can move freely. They come and tell you stories,” he said.
It would be recalled that Wike and the G-5 group have been aggrieved with the party’s leadership of the zoning arrangement.
The Wike-led group said a particular zone can’t produce PDP presidential candidate and National Chairman.
The governor has been agitating for the office of the National Chairman to be zoned to the Southern part of the country.