Atiku-Wike rift: “Devil Has Entered Our Party”, Influential PDP Stalwart Raises Fresh Alarm

Atiku-Wike rift: “Devil Has Entered Our Party”, Influential PDP Stalwart Raises Fresh Alarm

  • Chief Olabode George, an elder statesman, is a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
  • Again, while reacting to Atiku Abubakar and Governor Nyesom Wike's rift maintained that the devil has taken over the leadership of the opposition PDP
  • Meanwhile, the internal crisis rocking the opposition party is creating some form of distraction a few months before the 2023 election

A founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the party, Chief Bode George, has said that the crisis in the party bothers him, noting devil has had access to the PDP, Daily Trust reports.

The party has been embroiled in crisis since emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate, who defeated Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

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Chief Bode George lament as the crisis rocking the PDP thickens. Photo credit: PDP Governors in Action
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Party chieftains intervened in PDP crisis

Many party chieftains had recommended Wike to be Atiku’s running mate but the former vice president chose Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa. The crisis in the party worsens afterward.

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However, during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, George disclosed that the party had the capacity to resolve the crisis and face the 2023 elections, The Sun Newspaper added.

He said:

“It’s not only a major bother to me, but also members, upper chamber and the elders of the party. It looks like some kind of devil has entered into our party. But let me tell you something. Our party has the capacity to resolve our crisis.
“In our party, we have enough experienced leaders; we have committed leaders; we have the loyal leaders and followers who will sit and be able to handle and resolve this crisis once and for all. Fortunately we have about five weeks from now before we commence campaign.

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“But the capacity to handle such crisis will be a measure of how developed, reliable that organization is; if you don’t handle crisis, it’s not an organization. From my experience and commitment to this party, we have people and we have started to work on it. It’s just one more hurdle to cross and we will be ready for the battle for the 2023 elections.”

PDP crisis: Sam Ohuabunwa calls for Iyorchia Ayu's resignation

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sam Ohuabunwa, has urged the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to resign if it will end the animosity between former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.

Ohuabunwa, a former presidential aspirant, made the call while speaking to Channels Television on Tuesday, August 16.

Ayu had reportedly agreed to resign when he was elected as chairman last year if the party chooses a northerner as a presidential candidate of the PDP.

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2023: Atiku reportedly confident of winning without Wike

Meanwhile, there are indications that the recent meeting between Atiku and Wike failed to reach an agreement.

According to the report, the PDP presidential candidate met with the governor at the instance of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), led by Senator Walid Jibrin.

At a meeting with BoT members on Wednesday, August 3, Atiku reportedly boasted that PDP can win next year’s election without Wike's support.


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