PDP Crisis: Wike will support Atiku if…
Governors loyal to Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, are expected to meet with Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), this weekend over the crisis rocking the party, Daily Independent exclusively gathered.
A member of Governor Wike’s strategy team, who confided in Daily Independent on Tuesday said they have all agreed that no matter what happened, they are not going to leave the PDP for any other party.
He, however, acknowledged that there are serious overtures from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to lure Wike and those sympathetic to him to the ruling party.
Hopefully, all these will be resolved during our meeting”, he said.
Another close associate of Governor Wike informed Daily Independent that the Rivers State governor has made it clear that as a major stakeholder in the PDP, he won’t quit the party but will not support Atiku’s presidential bid.
Despite getting 14 recommendations from the 17-member panel set up by the party leadership to search for a vice presidential candidate, Wike who came second in the presidential primaries was snubbed by Atiku in favour of Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, who contributed immensely to his campaign.
The action has polarised the party as stakeholders in the party who are loyal to Wike have shunned some of the party’s activities such as the unveiling of Okowa and the party’s campaign in the just concluded Osun governorship election which was won by Senator Ademola Adeleke.
The governor stated that it has become pertinent for him to speak and reveal to Nigerians all that transpired in the PDP since the emergence of Atiku as the presidential candidate of the main opposition party.
Speaking with Daily Independent, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, a chieftain of the PDP and former Delta State governorship aspirant, said talks between Atiku and Wike is already at advanced stage and both men will work together to secure victory for the party in the presidential election. “Yes, the issues will be positively resolved very soon.