Why the PPD is in crisis
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of his political party, the PDP, have been at loggerheads after the opposition party’s primary election.
Aside from the fact that Wike felt betrayed in the party’s primary, it is also speculated that part of his anger at the party was Atiku’s choice of a vice-presidential candidate; many expected Wike to be selected as Atiku’s running mate.
But separately, Wike has revealed that his annoyance with the match stems from zonal bias in the party’s leadership. bode george explained that the founding fathers of the party had instituted a guideline that requires a balance in the zoning of the party leadership; therefore, the party’s presidential candidate and the party’s president cannot be from the same zone.
The current situation is that Iyorchia Ayuthe national chairman of the PDP, and Atiku Abubakar are both from the north, leaving the south with little to no leadership influence in the party.
Wike claimed that Atiku had promised after winning the party’s primary that Ayu would resign. However, Atiku has not followed through on the promise, leading to the current crisis rocking the party.
Wiki is not alone. The Rivers State helmsman has four other governors solidly behind him. Governors samuel ortom from Benue State, Seyi Makinde oyo state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, and the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi they all back every move and call that Wike makes.
These governors have openly declared that they will not support Atiku’s campaign; therefore, it becomes important who this strong PDP faction will support.
Who will the G5 governors back?
Speculation arose that the governors, led by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, might end up supporting Pedro Obithe Labor Party’s presidential candidate.
Wike had made good on his promise to support Obi with logistics by providing vehicles and a venue for his presidential rally in Port Harcourt recently.
He went on to promise that in January he would tell Rivers’ people and his supporters across the country which candidate to vote for in the presidential election, vowing to go from state to state to campaign for that very candidate.
Right now, Wike and his aggrieved fellow governors are in London, UK, where they are expected to brainstorm and come to a final position on the candidate who will support the country’s most important political position.
However, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, rumors surfaced again that the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Ball Tinubu he had met for the second time with the governors.
The meeting, held in the UK, is a further push by Tinubu to win the backing of governors.
His decision will change many things and create fear in the minds of the other candidates and their supporters. The grace period for the PDP presidential candidate has passed. Now is the time for the big decision that will change the political narrative.
Let’s remember that Peter Obi is a friend of the group, since he was previously in the PDP. G5 governors may heed Obasanjo’s advice to support Obi.
However, if Jagaban beats them, they might end up supporting him because he has more power brokers on his side than Obi. Once again, Tinubu enjoys more patronage among politicians than Obi, and G5 governors can put interest before sentiment.