PDP CRISIS: Presidential Campaign Postponed; Negotiations with Wike Commences


The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed its presidential campaign scheduled to be held in Kebbi and Zamfara indefinitely as talks are set to resume with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. It is public knowledge that the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Wike have been at odds since the former emerged as the party’s presidential candidate. Wike had gone silent, then inactive the moment the flag bearer announced his running mate. The silence was read as a form of disapproval from the governor. Since then, the party has been working out the issue. Few days ago, the Rivers State Governor claimed that he has accepted Atiku as the Presidential flag bearer for the Party; however, the party’s chairman must resign.

Wike remained adamant in his demand for the resignation of the party’s chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, before further negotiations could begin. He said the resignation is for the sake of balance and fairness; claiming that the party leadership was heavily dominated by the North. According to the governor, the national chairman promised to step down once the party’s standard-bearer left the North.

He noted that in order to be a party matter, the head of state has to resign and is the subject of contention. The party’s Board of Trustees, led by former Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabarra, is making de-escalation moves between the opposing parties to find common ground. Furthermore, Ireport247 gathered that Atiku had enlisted some of the party leaders such as the former President of the Senate, David Mark, and the former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, to speak with the Governor Wike about their disagreement and resolve the issues considering its importance to the Campaign Ceremony.

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