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 Atiku Appeals To Gov Wike Team Who Withdrew Their Support Towards His Presidential Ambition To Have A Rethink
September 21, 2022

Atiku Appeals To Gov Wike Team Who Withdrew Their Support Towards His Presidential Ambition To Have A Rethink

The ongoing conflict affecting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,is not abetting as it is said that Governor Nyesom Wike’s team withdrew from Atiku Abubakar’s campaign council.

The news of the incident was made public shortly after a meeting that took place early on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital of Rivers. during the meeting, members of the Rivers State Governor’s team swore not to participate in Atiku’s campaign before the general elections in 2023.

In a communique read during a meeting at the rural residence of Governor Wike, a PDP chieftain named Olabode George, it was decided that the team would never run for office unless Ayu relinquishes his post as the party’s national chairman in exchange for an acting southern chairman.

Bode George, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, former governors of Ondo, Olusegun Mimiko, Donald Duke of Cross River, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti States, Prof. Jerry Gana, and others were prominent participants in the gathering.

A source claims that the meeting, which began at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, went on until around 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

However following Rivers State Governor and other top PDP stalwarts pulling away their support for Atiku’s presidential campaign in demand for the resignation of the National Chairman of PDP, Iyorchia Ayu. Reacting to the development via a statement on Wednesday, Atiku Abubakar said Ayu’s resignation is personal since the body meant to remove him has given a vote of confidence on him.

He appealed to members who withdrew their support to have a rethink as the party has a big task ahead . Read his words below :

“As a committed democrat and firm believer in the rule of law and democratic tenets, and our party being one set up, organized and regulated by law and our constitution, it is my absolute belief that everything that we do in our party must be done in accordance with, and conformity to, the law and our constitution.

“If Dr. Ayu is to be removed from office, it must be done in accordance with the laws that set out the basis for such removal. In any event, you will all recall that the very body that is empowered by law to initiate this removal from office, has already passed a vote of confidence in him.

“Now, our nation is currently in the throes of a multidimensional crisis encompassing insecurity, economic meltdown, disunity and mutual mistrust and educational dislocations, to mention a few.

“I have a plan to address these issues and I have, graciously, been given the ticket to lead our great party in next year’s presidential elections, with the singular mandate to come and lead the efforts to cure these ills.

“It is in this light that I have reached out to every single member of our great party to join me in the massive undertaking required to reset the ship of state and help rebuild our country.

“And it is my fervent hope and prayer that every man and woman of goodwill will join hands with us to help rebuild and reposition our beloved country.”

He appealed to the Wike camp to have a rethink as the party has been bestowed with the task of rebuilding the country.

“The above notwithstanding and for the sake of our country, our children, and those yet unborn, we must not, for one minute, shirk our responsibilities to rebuild this beloved country of ours.

“Accordingly, we must forge on with the task and the mandate that we have been bestowed with. It is time, therefore, to move on with the formidable tasks of nation building ahead of us”, his statement added.

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