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General News of Thursday, 28 July 2022

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2023: Wike to work against Atiku, dump PDP for APC? - Rivers Governor's close associate reveals plan

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and Atiku Abubakar Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and Atiku Abubakar

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, has ruled out the possibility of working for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2023 general elections, according to a report by Daily Independent.

The report cited a close associate of the governor as stating this on Tuesday, July 26.

The unnamed close associate further alleged that Governor Wike has made it clear that as a major stakeholder in the PDP, he won’t quit the party despite overtures from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Wike's rift with Atiku started after the PDP presidential candidate picked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate over him.

Atiku's choice of Wike has polarised the PDP as stakeholders who are loyal to the Rivers state governor have shunned some of the party’s activities, such as the unveiling of Okowa and the party’s campaign in the just concluded Osun governorship election.

In a recent interview, Atiku said he did not reject Governor Wike, but he chose Okowa because he wanted someone he could work with amicably.

He also maintained that it is his prerogative to choose his running mate just as he said the crisis in the PDP would soon be resolved

The governor's media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, made this known in a statement on Saturday, July 23, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

He stated that it has become pertinent for him to speak and reveal to Nigerians all that has transpired in the PDP since the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the main opposition party.

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