- Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike reportedly lost the Peoples Democratic Party primary election following last minute realignment
- The realignment saw Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state stepping down for Atiku Abubakar
- According to report, Wike, who was cheerful before Tambuwal’s shocking announcement, frowned throughout the exercise
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike reportedly lost the Peoples Democratic Party primary following a last minute realignments of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Aminu Tambuwal.
According to reports, the realignment was possible following the intervention of party leaders and some northern elders shortly before the commencement of the election worked in favour of the former vice president.
At 8:34pm, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State stepped down for Atiku. Party sources said he withdrew from the race to support Atiku following the intervention of some elders who feared that should Wike pick the ticket, the ruling party would coast to victory in 2023, Daily Trust reports.
Efforts by some PDP elders of northern extraction for consensus among Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed had failed before the commencement of the primary. The elders had met with the aspirants, but they insisted on participating in the exercise. The elders, however, resumed the push at the venue of the event.
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In all, 11 aspirants slugged it out at the booth.
Wike’s mood changed after Tambuwal’s withdrawal
It was observed that aspirants from the South, except Udom Emmanuel, were all seated together, just as other contenders from the North were camped together.
Governors of Rivers and Benue states, Wike and Samuel Ortom respectively were seen having conversations shortly after Tambuwal announced his withdrawal from the race. Soon, another aspirant, Ayodele Fayose, also joined in.
Wike, who was cheerful before Tambuwal’s shocking announcement, frowned throughout the exercise.
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The Rivers governor looked exhausted while ballot sorting was ongoing with Atiku’s name ringing in the air.
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In another related development, Legit.ng earlier reported that Atiku insisted that the 2019 presidential election which he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari was rigged.
The former VP made the allegation when he met with the party's delegates in Katsina state.
The Adamawa-born politician claimed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stole his result in five states.
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Meanwhile, Atiku in another forum vented his heartaches while reminiscing on the 2019 presidential polls he lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He claimed he was a victim of electoral fraud and that the ruling party used its power to rob him of his mandate in 2019.
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The former vice president made the allegation on Tuesday, May 17 in a meeting with Kaduna PDP delegates at the party’s secretariat.