Information filtering out of the PDP in Rivers State suggest that camps are gradually emerging within the party as the quest for the replacement of Governor Nyesom Wike in 2023 increases.
Fact checks conducted by the Port Harcourt Telegraph at the weekend reveals that two major camps are currently struggling for space inside the party.
One of the groups that is believed to be led by the former State Party Chairmen, Felix Obuah has some heavyweights like Dr Tammy Danagogo, Secretary to Government and the Chief of Staff, Engineer Emeka Woke as members.
The other group which has strong characters that are not serving under the governor allegedly has men like Chief Abiye Sekibo, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara and Tele Ikuru, a former Deputy Governor as its arrowheads, according to what we are learning from some sources.
Opara, an ethnic Ikwerre from Port Harcourt Local Government Area, is believed to be nursing a gubernatorial ambition. But the way things are, the Ikwerre are currently weighing their options as 2023 approaches.
Given the fact that the current Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the incumbent Governor, Nyesom Wike are from the area, the Ikwerres are believed to be worried about a possible electoral backlash if someone from amongst them is to angle for the governorship.
A delegation of eminent Ikwerre people reportedly met with the State Governor. Our sources say that this concern was at the centre of the conversation. Those who visited the Governor are believed to have warned that the emergence of another Ikwerre aspirant might throw a spanner in the works.
While events play out within the PDP, a meeting of Obuah’s group reportedly held at his residence recently.
Present at the meeting were Rt. Hon. Kingsley Chindah representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Hon. Marcus Nle Eji from Eleme, Hon. Felix Nweke from Oyigbo, and Hon. Kelechi Nwogu from Omuma.
Others were the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon Dumle Maol, Mrs Blessing Eji, Bariene Thomas and one Mr Norde who stood for Hon Dum Dekor as well as Nbina Jacobson from Tai.
Curiously, the embattled Chairman of the party, Ambassador Desmond Akawor was not at the meeting. His absence has left tongues wagging.
Some within the PDP fold are attributing his absence to alleged claims of a Covid -19 infection. They allege he has embarked on self isolation.
Others nonetheless think that he may either be depressed as a result of a pending suit in Owerri against his leadership or may have sympathy for the group that may be linked with a former Minister of Transportation with whom he has shared close ties in the past.
There are strong indications that the Obuah team which has been strengthened by new entrants from the APC is pushing hard to produce the Governor’s successor.
Emerging facts suggest that Governor Nyesom Wike may not be on the same page with Senators elected on the platform of his party who are representing the State.
For now, there are claims within the PDP that Governor Wike and his closest allies are planning to retire a generation of politicians whose contributions have made the party what it is.
Said a PDP member who is pained by unfolding events, “We thought we did the right thing when we sided with Wike against Amaechi. Now most us realize that in comparison to Wike, Amaechi is a saint.”
“We laboured for this party but we have all been disregarded. We have a right to get together to secure our political aspirations. We are doing so. We shall see where all this will end. We are not going to leave!”, the source added.
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