- The dust over the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has still not been settled
- The choice of Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate by PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has polarised the party
- The meeting between Atiku and Governor Nyesom Wike was said to have been deadlocked as both parties failed to find a common ground
According to the report, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate met with the governor at the instance of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), led by Senator Walid Jibrin.
The meeting was said to have been hosted by former information and culture minister, Prof. Jerry Gana at his residence.
At a meeting with BoT members on Wednesday, August 3, Atiku reportedly boasted that PDP can win next year’s election without many votes from Rivers state.
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He said there was no cause for alarm if Wike did not want to fall in line with him.
Exuding confidence, Atiku recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, who did not win Rivers State, relied on votes from Lagos, Kano and other strategic states to win the 2019 presidential poll.
He also said PDP ran into crisis because Wike allegedly monetised the presidential primary.
Wike’s men seek PDP restructuring, say party pro-north
Meanwhile, loyalists of Wike have called for the restructuring of the PDP’s leadership to accommodate more southerners, saying the party, as presently constituted, is pro-north.
According to Punch newspaper, the governor’s camp complained that the structure of the party was skewed in favour of northerners, stressing that any proposed reconciliation between Atiku and Wike must address the issue.
No military coup can occur in Nigeria
Meanwhile, amidst some whispers of a military coup in Nigeria, activist Hamzat Lawal has stated that Nigeria will continue to practice democracy.
Speaking to Legit.ng exclusively in Abuja, Lawal said:
“I know that there are some whispers in the corridor but I am confident that Nigeria will always survive and live above waters.
“I am confident that there would be no coup or any interruption of our 4th republic and that President Muhammadu Buhari would finish his term, we would have elections next year and whoever emerges will be sworn in in May 2023 and our democracy will continue to be strengthened.”
2023: Group pledges to mobilise 2 million votes for Atiku
On her part, the convener of the Diamond Ladies in Politics (DLP), Princess Maimunat Wada, has pledged that her group would mobilise no fewer than 2 million votes for Atiku in the 2023 presidential election.
Princess Wada made the pledge during the DLP public declaration for Atiku and the induction ceremony on Saturday evening, July 30, in Abuja.
She added that Atiku has the wherewithal to address the teething challenges besetting the country if he emerges victorious at the poll.
2023: Atiku outperforms Peter Obi, Tinubu on positive ratio metrics
In a related development, a new study has revealed that Atiku outperformed the two other major presidential candidates - Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressive Congress - on positive ratio metrics on social media.
According to the report, Atiku got more positive sentiments from people than the duo of Tinubu and Obi.
This means that people who discussed the candidates said more positive things about Atiku than they did about the others.