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2023: Atiku may drop Okowa as PDP orders panel to beg Wike as crisis hit opposition party


The loyalists of Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, have listed conditions for the resolution of the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Telescope.ng gathered that supporters of the governor, in separate interviews with The Punch on Sunday, July 3, said it was not late for the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to revisit the issue of his running mate by dropping the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okonwa, whom he picked last month.

As the crisis over Atiku’s running mate worsened, the chairman of the PDP’s Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, said the party had set up a nine-member committee to beg Wike.

Sequel to his victory at the PDP convention, where he beat Wike and other contenders to the presidential ticket, Atiku had nominated Okowa as his running mate, despite the recommendation of Wike by a 17-man committee set up by the party.

It would be recalled that some chieftains of the party, including the Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, ex-Plateau state governor, Jonah Jang and others, had criticised the choice of Okowa as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.

According to the report, there were reports on Friday, July 1, that Wike snubbed a former minister of police affairs and ally of Atiku, Adamu Waziri, who attempted to initiate a peace talk with him in Turkey.

The party, also on Sunday, raised another panel headed by Atiku, to pacify the aggrieved governor and prevail on him not to leave the party.

The chairman, Gokana local government area in Rivers state, Confidence Deko, said in Port Harcourt, that Wike did not deserve the treatment he got from  Atiku and the PDP.

He said: “As far I am concerned, Wike has done so much for the PDP and I don’t think he deserves what the party gave to him. Come to think of it, Atiku Abubakar and the party asked the National Working Committee to find out who becomes the vice-president. A report was submitted and he (Atiku) ignored the report, and then picked Ifeanyi Okowa, the Delta State Governor.

“I am not saying he is not supposed to use somebody, but I am of the view that if he was part of those who asked the NWC to search for who becomes the vice-president to be, and they gave him their recommendation, he would have acted on it.

“But to me, it looks very odd that after submitting the report to him, he went and announced Okowa. I don’t think that Wike deserves what Atiku has done to him.”

The council boss disclosed that Wike supporters were waiting for his decision and political direction ahead of the presidential poll.

On the comments of former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, on the chances of the PDP in 2023 due to the festering crisis and if Okowa should be replaced, Deko said the man was not joking.

He added: “He has told you and you have heard the truth from him. If Wike was to be the vice-presidential candidate for Atiku, by now, you know Wike is a very practical person. And he does what his mind ask him to do.”

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