PDP Crisis: Wike Makes U-Turn, Grants Atiku Access to Rivers Stadium for Campaign Rally
- Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party can now use the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Rivers state
- The approval was given by the state governor, Nyesom Wike, who has been in a running battle with Atiku
- Wike's consent comes days after he denied the party and its 2023 presidential candidate access to the facility for their campaign rally
PAY ATTENTION: See you at Legit.ng Media Literacy Webinar! Register for free now!
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Tuesday, February 7, rescinded his initial decision on the use of Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for the Peoples Democratic Party's presidential campaign rally.
Daily Trust reported that the governor made a U-turn and granted the party's 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, access to the location.
The governor had revoked the PDP campaign council's access to the venue but made a U-turn on his decision after some leaders spoke to him.
Speaking at the PDP rally at Ogu town in the Ogu-bolo local government area of the state, the Rivers state governor said he agreed to allow the rally to hold at the venue on February 11.
PAY ATTENTION: Follow us on Instagram - get the most important news directly in your favourite app!
“This morning, after an appeal from people who talked to me, I gave them back Adokiye Amiesimaka.
"Go and campaign. Let it not be that because they didn’t campaign, that is why they didn’t win in Rivers State."
After months of long-running battle, PDP national chairman makes a key appeal to influential G-5 governor
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state had earlier been urged to work with the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party to rescue Nigeria.
The appeal was made to the governor on Monday, February 7, by the national chairman of the opposition party.
Iyorchia Ayu said Ortom's support is pivotal in securing Atiku Abubakar's victory at the 2023 presidential poll.
2023 elections: Twist as G5 governor slams PDP colleagues, hails APC colleagues
Legit.ng reported earlier that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue accused his southern colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of causing the collapse of the zoning principle in the main opposition party.
On the contrary, the Benue governor saluted the courage of his counterparts in the All Progressives Congress (APC) for deciding to move the presidency to the south.
Speaking on Thursday, January 19, Ortom accused the southern governors of chickening out after they had reached a decision to move the presidency to the region.