… may come to Rivers in search of Wike
Despite insinuations that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar may go ahead with his campaign without Governor Nyesom Wike, there are strong indications the flagbearer may have had a last minute change of heart.
Governor Nyesom Wike, calm, collected, focused
Wike’s residence has become a kind of melting pot, frequented by the high and mighty and others who are concerned about the state of the nation.
Governor Wike hasn’t said anything about the events which are threatening the future of the PDP.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his friends.
The PDP, some say, is in disarray as many wonder how the party came to this sorrow pass.
The atmosphere within the PDP has completely changed. The unity that the party took for granted has been shattered by a feeling of betrayal and an avalanche of accusations.
Iyorchia Ayu, National Chairman of PDP
Why ask for popular opinion if you have already made up your mind, some very disturbed PDP members ask. Why toy with party unity in a bid to reap political capital or massage an ego?
Only Atiku can answer those questions now. For now, not many Nigerians who have been following events in the PDP agree with the way Governor Wike has been treated.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Atiku’s running mate
The consequence of the ill – informed actions so far taken by the PDP flagbearer since his emergence may have reflected in the absence of a sizeable number of PDP Governors at a key party event recently.
The governors, about 11 of them, shunned a ceremony organized to constitute a campaign committee for the forthcoming elections in Osun State.
Left to right: Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State; Governor Sam Ortom of Benue State
If the feeling of the governors who are showing signs of anger are ignored, Atiku may be left to carry his cross alone. That, some observers hint, would be a burden to big to bear.
Governor Sam Ortom has said it would require God’s intervention for him to consider working for the Atiku project even as he urges the party to engage Wike in a conversation.
Former Governor Ayodele Fayose, close friend of Governor Wike is insisting it is the turn of the South to produce the next president.
His outburst has added a new dimension to the crisis that is brewing within.
The Rivers State Govetnor, it has been reported, refused to see one Waziri Adamu, an emissary sent to him by Atiku. The incident occurred while Wike was holidaying in Turkey
Wike’s silence has left many worried, but more worrisome are growing fears that the Rivers strongman might consider dumping Atiku and the party.
Already, a fierce war is being fought in the press, within the party structure and the court of public opinion between Wike supporters and those who are backing Atiku.
Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees
There are similarly increasing calls that the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu should quit.
Those calling for his removal say it would be improper for the North to hold unto the presidential ticket and the chairmanship.
Ayu is quoted in the meantime as saying he would leave after the general elections in 2023.
Rescuing the party has thus become a major challenge facing PDP leaders who are piling pressure on Atiku to walk the party out of pathway that is ridden with thorns.
Reports say that Atiku and key members of his team, which may include the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu and his vice presidential pick, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State are planning to storm Port Harcourt.
Will there ever be a resolution?
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