Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members are uneasy about Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike’s relationship with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP).
Wike’s hopes of becoming Atiku Abubakar’s running mate were shattered on June 16 when Abubakar chose Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa against the advice of the party’s advisory council on the running mate decision.
According to reports, the council had suggested Wike, who finished second in the presidential primary on May 28 with 237 votes compared to Atiku’s 373 votes, as the running mate.
According to multiple individuals in Wike’s camp, he was furious with the manner in which he was “edged out.”
Shauntv reports that since Atiku selected Okowa, Nyesom Wike has been romantically involved with APC and LP leaders.
This is thought to have made Wike’s Port Harcourt private property on Ada George Road a hub of activity.
Governor of Ebonyi State David Umahi paid Wike a visit on Sunday, followed by former governor of Anambra State and Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi on Wednesday. Governor of Bauchi State Bala Muhammed has also visited him.
It was said that Umahi and Obi visited Wike to lure him to their respective parties, while the Bauchi State governor visited him to appease him.
Since losing the PDP’s presidential nomination and running mate position, Nyesom Wike has not made any public statements.
An ally of Wike stated that his fury intensified when Atiku and the party rejected the advisory council’s advice.
He stated, “We are considering all options. It’s sad that the party that refused to implement its committee’s proposal regarding running mate will now discuss forming a reconciliation committee. Who is going to take them seriously?
He said that an important Wike’s camp meeting originally scheduled for this week had been moved to the next week. “Every alternative is being considered,” he repeated.
According to a second source close to Wike, the manner in which he was treated by party leaders during the selection of the running mate continues to enrage him.
“Atiku and his colleagues dispatched the governor of Bauchi to appeal to Wike not to leave the PDP, while the governors of Ebonyi and Obi visited to see how they could entice him to join their political organisations.
“His silence on national issues has sent tremors throughout the PDP family, and they are uneasy. They fear that if they mistreat the governor, he will defect to another party. “That is why the governor of Bauchi came to him on behalf of Atiku,” a source explained.
Kevin Ebiri, Wike’s media assistant, stated that there was no formal statement regarding the visit of prominent politicians to his boss.
There is no crisis within our party — PDP
The national press secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, responded that there was no crisis inside the party.
He stated that the party was unified and will approach the upcoming elections with a united front.
“We should be concerned about the country, but there is no crisis in the PDP, and it is usual for anyone to see Wike, as he is the party’s leader. This party does not work with allegations but rather with facts. PDP is formidable, and we are prepared for the election.
“Governor Wike is a phenomenon within this party, a party man to the core, and a pillar of this party from its inception to the present day. We are a group and a family. In a family, there may be disagreements, but that does not constitute a crisis; there are no problems. “When there are disagreements, we resolve them, and we have a robust mechanism within our party that handles disagreements,” he said.