Governor Nyesom Wike (file photo)
Crisis looms in PDP, Wike threatens to expose Atiku
- Says soon Nigerians will know the truth
By Valentine Amanze
Crisis in the main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is getting worse by the day. At the weekend, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, threatened to “expose” his party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
He also said that he would soon break his silence on the recent happenings in the PDP.
His Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The governor stated that it had become pertinent for him to speak out and reveal to Nigerians all that has transpired in the PDP since the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the main opposition party.
His words: “On Atiku, I will speak soon, and Nigerians will know the actual truth of all that has transpired in the PDP in recent times.”
Governor Wike had gone under the radar as it relates to the PDP affairs since he lost the party’s presidential ticket to former Vice President Atiku.
In the party’s presidential primary held in May, Atiku polled 371 votes to emerge as the PDP’s flagbearer ahead of Wike, who scored 237 votes to come second in the contest.
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki (70); Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel (38); Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed (38); former Senate President, Pius Anyim (14); Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (1); and Mr Sam Ohuabunwa (1) shared the remainder of the valid votes.
Following weeks after the primary held, the PDP presidential candidate named Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate in the forthcoming election.
This, however, led to a disagreement among party stakeholders as some commended the choice of Okowa, while others rejected it, saying Atiku should have picked Wike, who was the runner-up in the primary in the stead of his Delta counterpart.