PDP Crisis: Another Underground Strategy as Wike, Governors Jet Out of Nigeria Amid Atiku's Campaigns
- Governor Wike and some of his southern colleagues in the PDP are to hold a crucial meeting in the United Kingdom on Thursday, October 13
- The meeting is coming amid Atiku Abubakar's plans to stage a campaign in Kaduna on Thursday ahead of the 2023 presidential election
- At the moment, efforts to reconcile Wike, his allies, and Atiku have not yielded desired results while Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP's national chairman, holds on to his seat
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While the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is set to stage a massive campaign in Kaduna, Governor Nyesom Wike is scheduled to leave Nigeria on Thursday, October 13.
The Punch reports that Governor Wike, who has been at odds with Atiku over the call for Iyorchia Ayu's resignation, is expected to meet with his allies, Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Samuel Ortom (Benue) in the United Kingdom on Thursday.
It is suspected that the meeting will create an avenue for aggrieved PDP governors to brainstorm on what to do next ahead of the general elections as their demands from the party's leadership are yet to be met.
But it must be stated that the Rivers governor has said he has no intention of defecting from the PDP to any other party amid the national chairman's refusal to resign as demanded by most southern bigwigs in the party.
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Atiku gets fresh red card as Wike’s group pulls out of his campaign
Meanwhile, Wike's team in the PDP had 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 Ayu.
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.
The aggrieved party stalwarts comprising founding members of the party, Governors, former Ministers, and other party leaders made their position known on Wednesday.