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Politics of Monday, 5 September 2022


Atiku vs Wike: List of PDP states allegedly given to Tinubu in fresh deal

A collage of Atiku and Wike A collage of Atiku and Wike

The rift between the Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to have no end in sight.

It also threatens the core of the party as some PDP governors who are working with Wike have allegedly agreed to work for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to a source who spoke to Vanguard, the decision to work for Bola Ahmed Tinubu was a part deal reached by the PDP governors recently in London.

They are Governor Wike of Rivers, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.

The source claimed that in exchange for their secret support, the governors were alleged to have demanded that their political godsons be allowed to win Senate and House of Representatives seats.

He said: “Wike was said to have demanded that the APC candidate ensures if he wins the presidential election, which comes first, he will ensure he does not influence the outcome of the governorship and House of Assembly polls in Rivers, Benue, Oyo, and Abia states so that candidates in his camp and those of the other governors could maintain control of the states.

“He also wanted assurances that their men should be allowed to win Senate and House of Representatives seats, including the governors contesting senatorial elections. There was no headway on this demand either, since the presidential and National Assembly elections would take place the same day.”

Another source who confirmed this and spoke further on it noted that it will be inconsequential if Wike eventually reconciles with Atike as he has agreed in London to work for Tinubu.

The source said: “The agreement between Wike and Tinubu is real. Wike is not defecting to APC because Rivers APC wouldn’t even welcome him. At the meeting where he tabled his conditions to support Asiwaju, it was agreed that he will work for oga. And he has commenced.

You could see it from his actions and utterances. Whether he reconciles with Atiku or not, Wike is working for Tinubu. "Their latest trip is to formalise the terms of the working arrangement. Rivers votes are very important to Tinubu and the APC is exploiting the vacuum created by PDP crisis.”

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