Wike’s camp withdraws from Atiku’s campaign and demands that Ayu be removed.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s governor Nyesom Wike’s camp has formally confirmed that it would not be taking part in the party’s presidential campaign for the 2023 elections.
After a lengthy meeting that lasted from around 7 p.m. yesterday to well after 2 a.m. this morning at Wike’s private residence in Port Harcourt, the state capital of Rivers, the group declared its position.
Members of the group declared that unless the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, steps down in favor of a southern candidate, none of them will take part in the campaign council in any capacity.
Some of the group’s members were recently chosen to serve as campaign council members and leaders for Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, former governors Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Donald Duke of Cross River, Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, and Jonah Jang of Plateau, as well as former Attorney General of the Federation Mohammed Adoke, were all present at this historic gathering at Wike’s home in Port Harcourt.
Elder statesmen Olabode George and Jerry Gana, South-South PDP Chairman Dan Orbih, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Chibudom Nwuche, Senator Suleiman Nazif, Nnenna Ukeje, and other people are also present at the meeting.
They come together to brief journalists on the outcome after spending more than seven hours in private meetings, from 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, to past 2 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, with George delivering the shocker.
The Rivers governor’s camp made its decision a few days before September 28, the Independent National Electoral Commission’s statutory deadline for candidates to begin their campaigns.
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