Atiku Gets Fresh Red Card as Wike’s Group Pulls Out of His Campaign

Atiku Gets Fresh Red Card as Wike’s Group Pulls Out of His Campaign

  • The supporters of the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, have pulled out of the PDP presidential campaign council
  • The group, in a statement read by the former deputy national chairman of the party, Olabode George, insisted that the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, must resign
  • The group had insisted that it would not participate in any campaign for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar until Ayu resign

Port Harcourt, Rivers - The Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike team in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pulled out of the campaign Council of the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

Rising from their stormy meeting in Port Harcourt early morning on Wednesday, September 21, members of the team vowed not to partake in Atiku’s campaign activities pending the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, The Nation reported.

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Wike's group pulls out of Atiku's campaign Photo Credit: Atiku Abubakar, Nyesom Wike
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Why Wike group pulled out of Atiku's campaign?

The members of the party sympathetic to Wike insisted that there would be no deal with Atiku until Ayu vacated his office to allow an acting Chairman from the South to lead the campaign of Atiku.

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The aggrieved party stalwarts comprising founding members of the party, Governors, former Ministers and other party leaders made their position known on Wednesday.

The team in a resolution read by a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George.

Why Wike's team insists on Ayu's resignation?

They maintained that their position was not negotiable as Ayu's chairmanship undermined the party's unity and constitution.

Reading the resolution, George said:

“Senator Iyorchia Ayu must resign as the National Chairman of the party for an acting Chairman of the Southern Nigerian extraction to emerge and lead the party on the national campaign.

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“Consequently, we resolve not to participate in the campaign council in whatever capacity until the resignation of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu”.

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The largest opposition, which is supposed to have built on the weakness of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration on security and inflation, decided to present a northern candidate against the nationalistic view

The party had claimed that the south enjoyed more power than the north in its 16 years of rule, but nationalistically, many southerners believe power should not stay in the north after 8 years of Buhari


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