Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, is not supporting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but that will not have an impact on the PDP’s chances in the 2023 presidential election, according to PCC spokesman Daniel Bwala.
Since the party’s presidential primary, which selected Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as its candidate, Governor Wike and his G5 allies have been at loggerheads with the party’s leadership.
Bwala, however, downplayed Wike’s influence in an interview with Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily yesterday, asserting that the party was well-positioned to triumph in the upcoming presidential election.
He said: “Our party is poised to win the election. Wike’s non-participation would affect a little bit of the margin. So, if we are supposed to win with nine million votes or eight million votes, that may reduce to six million votes or something like that.
“But this victory is destined by God and I can tell you that there can be conspiracy and collaboration or anything. We know the Electoral Amendment Act and what it brings.
”We saw it in Osun where some members of our party even worked against the party in that state. But what happened? The ‘dancing senator’ (Ademola Adeleke) danced his way to victory because the people spoke and their voices were heard.
”This is how we are going to be looking at this election because the bigger picture is what we are looking at. Have you not seen the multi-dimensional poverty index?”
Bwala further asserted that the governor of Rivers State “chased” Peter Obi, the governor of the Labour Party (LP), Governor Dave Umahi, and others away from the PDP.
Despite the party crisis, he insisted that Atiku is committed to uniting Nigeria.
In addition, Bwala disputed Wike’s assertion that Goodluck Jonathan was against Atiku Abubakar by pointing out that the former president supports his candidate.
”Recall that when our candidate and his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, visited President Jonathan recently, he addressed Okowa as incoming vice president. This will tell you that he (Jonathan0 knows that our presidential candidate will win the election,” he added.
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