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Atiku Reportedly Confident of Winning Without Wike

Bashir Sani August 5, 2022 12


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  • The dust over the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has still not been settled
  • The choice of Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate by PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has polarized the party
  • The meeting between Atiku and Governor Nyesom Wike was said to have been deadlocked as both parties failed to find a common ground

A report by The Nation newspaper indicates that the meeting between Atiku Abubakar and Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike failed to reach an agreement.

According to the report, the Peoples Democratic Party (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 many votes from Rivers state.

He said there was no cause for alarm if Wike did not want to fall in line with him.

Exuding confidence, Atiku recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, who did not win Rivers State, relied on votes from Lagos, Kano and other strategic states to win the 2019 presidential poll.

He also said PDP ran into crisis because Wike allegedly monetized the presidential primary.

Meanwhile, loyalists of Wike have called for the restructuring of the PDP’s leadership to accommodate more southerners, saying the party, as presently constituted, is pro-north.

According to Punch newspaper, the governor’s camp complained that the structure of the party was skewed in favor of northerners, stressing that any proposed reconciliation between Atiku and Wike must address the issue.

 

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