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General News of Friday, 12 August 2022


Wike 'eyes' Peter Obi's LP; reject Atiku, APC over Muslim-Muslim ticket

A photo collage of Peter Obi and Nyesom Wike A photo collage of Peter Obi and Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has once again reiterated that he will not join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or support its presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Daily Independent reports.

According to a high-ranking official with a close relationship with Wike, the governor has also said he will not support the presidential ambitions of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The source says the reason for his refusal to join the APC was because of their choice to field a Muslim-Muslim ticket ahead of the election.

β€œThe governor has made it clear that he is a foundation member of the PDP and he will not leave it for any other party. The possibility of he joining the ruling party (APC) is completely ruled out. He has made it clear to us that aside the fact that the APC is a failed party, he finds the Muslim-Muslim ticket being paraded in the 2023 presidential election repulsive and will not be a part of it,” the source said.

The in-fighting in the PDP has also taken a new twist with Wike suing Atiku Abubakar; the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and the PDP over the conduct of the presidential primary of the party that was held was in Abuja on May 28 and May 29, 2022.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, Wike and a PDP chieftain, Newgent Ekamon, are listed as the plaintiffs. In the originating summons, the PDP is listed as the first respondent while the Independent National Electoral Commission is the 2nd respondent. Tambuwal and Atiku are listed as the 3rd and 4th respondents respectively, The Punch reports.

The source, however, was silent on the rumors Wike will pitch camp with Labour Party's Peter Obi who has gained popularity amongst Nigeria's young population.


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