PDP Crisis: Atiku Ignores Wike And His Camp, Continues With Presidential Campaign
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has concluded its plans to launch its presidential campaign on September 28 despite the lack of support from the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike.
Wike; Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde; ex-Information Minister, Prof. Jerry Gana; Chief Bode George, and other prominent members announced their withdrawal from Atiku’s campaign council after a marathon meeting in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
They said their move was based on the refusal of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to resign from his position.
The development compelled the PDP National Working Committee to summon an emergency meeting where the options before the party were discussed and decisions were taken.
Speaking to Punch on the party’s decision, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, said that all its programmes would be carried out as scheduled, adding that it had no plan to suspend them for any reason.
Describing the PDP as a party of law and order, the image-maker stressed the importance of playing by the rules at all times.
“The constitution of our party is supreme and the conduct of our affairs must align with it. Again, we are a party with tremendous respect for the law. So, all we have set out to do will take place as there is no reason whatsoever to do otherwise,” he added.
The publication also gathered that the National Working Committee has in the past 24 hours enjoyed tremendous support and goodwill from other organs of the party, particularly the National Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.
The two organs have reportedly expressed their willingness to play reconciliatory roles between the party and the pro-Wike group.