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General News of Friday, 6 January 2023


Prominent PDP chieftain reveals why Atiku may lose the presidential election

Atiku Abubakar, 2023 Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, 2023 Presidential candidate

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Ogbonna Nwuke, has said that should the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, fail to reconcile with the G-5 Governors, what happened to the party in the 2015 presidential election would repeat itself in 2023.

This is according to a publication cited on the Vanguard, on Friday January 6.

Recall that in 2015, five governors left the PDP and joined forces with the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). The PDP did not survive the political gang-up as former President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated.

Nwuke who is the spokesman of the Rivers state PDP Campaign Council believes Atiku is sabotaging his opportunity to win the election by refusing to reconcile with the G-5.

"We heard the Atiku group say they can win without G-5. We will wish them well, but let them take note of history. In 2015, five governors of the PDP left. They were told they could go to hell. When they went to hell and came back, PDP lost the election."

The internal crisis in the PDP began after the G5 Governors withdrew their support for Atiku following the refusal of the PDP failed to grant their demand for the resignation of the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

According to the aggrieved governors since Atiku, a northerner, has picked up the presidential ticket, the national chairmanship seat should be occupied by a southerner.

Nwuke who agrees with the position of the G5 Governors, said the PDP appears to be frustration Atiku's campaign by not granting their demand.

"The issues are clear. PDP appears to be trying to frustrate Atiku’s campaign.
The G5 has gone beyond opposition to the northern candidate by saying okay, you won the presidential primary and have the right to choose your running mate.

"Nobody is quarrelling with that, but in the interest of fairness, equity, justice, and balance of power, they are saying it is wrong for the North to hold on to the presidential candidate and chairmanship of the party.

"What will the South be voting for when chairmanship is in the North, the presidency is in the North, and spokespersons are largely from the North? This is something that must be addressed going forward."