Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, is accused by a prominent PDP official of breaking the agreement he made with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and other PDP leaders during a meeting in London, UK.
Recall that Wike, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State met with Atiku Abubakar and Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State in August to discuss their demand for the resignation of PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Although the meeting’s specifics were not made public at the time, sources said that the former Vice President met with the governors to discuss the crisis roiling the party and consented to the majority of their demands.
A senior PDP official claimed in an interview with Newsmen that Atiku broke his pledge to Wike and other resentful governors at their recent meeting in London.
Asked if the decision of the Wike’s camp to withdraw from Atiku’s campaign could result in the PDP’s failure in the 2023 election, the chieftain said, “Does the candidate himself show the willingness to win? Can you unify Nigeria without unifying the platform you want to use to unify Nigeria? Can you go to war with a divided house? The onus is on him. When they met in London, what did they agree on? And when he came back to the people, he decided to say he has constraints. Was it appropriate for his response to be heard through the media? Was it through the media that they conveyed their proposal to him?
“I agree with him that, yes, he thinks it is time for Ayu to go. He wanted to find out the means and methods of implementing it immediately so that they can move ahead, but regrettably, he did not. As usual, he was with some party leaders in London, and then when he consulted the presidential council, he didn’t invite them to discuss the composition. This showed a total lack of respect for the group. So, the group said, okay, Ayu has lost the right to be an umpire. Therefore, it has nothing to do with making Wike the vice president or not making him vice president, even though he (Atiku) was the one who promised with his mouth to make him.”
The PDP chieftain declared that the southern bloc group would not defect from the opposition party but would instead stay on to support their candidates for governor and the National Assembly.
“We are not leaving the party. We are committed PDP members and we will campaign for our party in the states of our various candidates. We will allow them to do their own presidential campaign councils and use their own platform to do their overall campaign and we will help them to use their political sagacity,” he added.
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