On Thursday 2 February, a former information commissioner and elder South-South statesman, Edwin Clark, branded the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) vice-presidential candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa, a betrayal.
PM News reports that Clark, while hosting a press conference in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, called on Okowa, the current governor of Delta state, to step down as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate in the 2023 presidential election.
Defending his claim, Clark said Okowa’s emergence as Atiku’s running mate is contrary to the South-South Forum’s resolution.
He said the forum had agreed that the Nigerian presidency should shift from the northern to the southern part of the country by 2023.
“Okowa has betrayed his colleagues in the Southern Governors Forum and the South in general.
Presidency 2023: “Okowa is a traitor”, Edwin Clark shoots
“This man has betrayed us by agreeing to be Atiku’s running mate. Without me, it would have been difficult for him to become governor of Delta.”
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The Punch reports that speaking further, Clark said he was surprised the governor accepted the task of serving as the PDP’s vice-presidential candidate without consulting the region’s elders.
“This man has betrayed us. We all agreed; we had serious meetings that this man had betrayed us. We can’t trust him anymore.”
More trouble for Atiku as 2 PPD governors, plus Wike’s camp, reportedly deserted him.
The national chairman of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, has alleged that two other PDP governors, in addition to the G5, are threatening to get rid of Atiku.
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Alkali made the claim in reacting to Atiku’s statement that he was in talks with NNPP presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso about a possible alliance.
The NNPP president chided Atiku and said the former vice president should focus on organizing his party before the elections.
Obi-Datti’s campaign organization says Peter Obi is not in talks with Atiku
In a related development, the Obi-Datti Campaign Organization said Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi is not in talks with Atiku about a possible alliance before the 2023 general election.
The spokesperson for the campaign organization, Yunusa Tanko, had this to say on Wednesday, February 1.
According to Tanko, those who affirm the alliance are only trying to exploit Obi’s popularity.