Nyesom Wike, Three Other Governors Boycott Atiku’s Presidential Campaign Flag-Off In Akwa Ibom

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his allies; together with Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, and Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, boycotted the Peoples Democratic Party’s official flag-off of its presidential marketing campaign in Akwa-Ibom on Monday.

Their absence may be associated to their insistence that the PDP’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, ought to step down.

SaharaReporters earlier in the present day reported that the governors had been plotting to shun the marketing campaign of the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Insisting that it doesn’t characterize the get together’s nationwide character, the Wike camp had maintained that it was unethical for the PDP to have a northerner as presidential candidate and nationwide Chairman.

They additionally alleged that Ayu promised to resign after the PDP presidential primaries if a northerner emerged as candidate.

Ayu nonetheless vowed to remain on because the get together’s nationwide chairman and Atiku’s spokespersons hinted that the presidential candidate had no intention – or power- to pressure Ayu’s elimination.

In September, SaharaReporters had reported that Wike’s camp pulled out of the marketing campaign council of the get together’s presidential candidate.

According to them, Ayu should resign to permit for an performing National Chairman of Southern Nigeria extraction to emerge and lead the get together’s National Campaign Council for Atiku within the 2023 common elections.

This got here despite the vote of confidence handed on the Ayu-led National Working Committee by the latest assembly of the National Executive Committee of the get together.

However, regardless of their absence, the PDP marketing campaign flag-off occurred on the Nest of Champions Stadium in Uyo on Momday.

Present had been PDP chieftains, together with the get together’s presidential candidate and ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, his operating mate, and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

Others in attendance embrace; Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, his Adamawa counterpart, Ahmadu Fintiri, and the previous lawmaker representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye amongst others.

The PDP marketing campaign is coming barely 4 months to the presidential election in 2023.

Meanwhile, Atiku, Okowa, Ayu and Emmanuel took turns to handle the group in Uyo, pledging to rescue the nation ought to the PDP be elected into workplace subsequent 12 months.

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