The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, appears to have ignored aggrieved members of the party led by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike as he kick-starts his presidential campaign today, October, 10.
Atiku who has been at loggerheads with Governor Wike and his group over moves to remove the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, is scheduled to start the Presidential campaign in Uyo, capital of Akwa-Ibom State ahead of next year’s election
While Wike, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Okezie Ikpeau of Abia State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, former Ekiti Governor Ayo Fayose, and many others have pulled out of Atiku’s campaign, the PDP presidential candidate has decided to move on with his campaign activities.
A member of the Atiku campaign team who would not want his name mentioned in prints said: “Let me tell you the honest truth. As far as the Wike matter is concerned, there is an overwhelming sentiment that the campaign has moved on.
“So, if Wike or anyone in his camp shows the readiness of coming in, they will be accommodated but nobody is waiting for them again because they are not important enough to hurt the process. That is the honest, overwhelming impression.”
He dismissed calls for Senator Ayu’s resignation and the setting up of a caretaker committee for the party, describing it as not feasible, adding: “What they are talking about is not what anyone will count seriously. There cannot be a caretaker committee for the party and nobody will take that because it is illegal. If you follow what is happening in the APC, it is about the court saying whether their candidate is legal or illegal.
“The NWC of the party, as it is now, should be left alone because anything done now, may affect a lot of decisions that are critical. It is a gamble that nobody is ready to take; whether good or bad, it should be left the way it is.”