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Wike’s group withdraws from Atiku’s campaign

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly withdrawn participation in the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign committee of the party for the 2023 elections.

Penpushing reports that former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George made the group position known after hours of meeting, which lasted for almost twenty-four hours, held at the private residence of Wike in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The meeting came less than a week after the opposition party appointed some members of the group into Atiku’s presidential campaign committee, which include Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, who was named as the Vice Chairman (South) of the same committee.

Penpushing further reports that, Governor Wike, the group leader, was named a member of the committee, while record has it that the chieftains of the party who attended the meeting include: Governor Seyi Makinde, former Governors of Ondo State Olusegun Mimiko, former Governor  Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River, Ibrahim Dakwambo of Gombe, and Jonah Jang of Plateau, and a former Attorney General of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Adoke.

The attendees also include former Information Minister, Jerry Gana, South-south Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dan Orbih, a former Deputy Speaker of the House Representative, Chibudom Nwuche among others.

Penpushing reports that, Wike’s group vowed not to participate in the campaign committee in whatever capacity except the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, leaves his position for a southerner, following call for his resignation.

Meanwhile, the party’s Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT), Walid Jibrin, who is also from Nasarawa State in the North, resigned, while the Deputy Chairman, Adolphus Wabara, a former senate president from Abia State in the South-east is acting as the Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman.

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