The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is mired in a simmering conflict over Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s selection of Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta State, as his running mate.
Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, ruled off the prospect of a one-on-one meeting with the presidential flagbearer yesterday.
He advised Atiku to convene his team for peace negotiations on the conditions put forth to the party, including the resignation of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman.
Governor Wike said he would rely on the advice from his “Strategy Team” despite the Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, suggesting that Atiku should lead a reconciliation team to Wike, who also ran for president in the primary.
As Wike was reportedly being offered the position of Petroleum Minister if Atiku wins the election next year, emissaries were able to track him down in Turkey, where he was on holiday.
Waziri Adamu, another member of the BoT, that Wike should be named director-general of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organization yesterday.
A source said Wike, who has returned from Turkey, has foreclosed a one-on-one meeting with Atiku, citing lack of faith in any personal agreement with the candidate, instead of reconciliation talks with Atiku by his team.
The source said: “There is no likelihood of Wike having one-on-one private discussion with Atiku. Shortly after the primary, the governor had a side meeting with Atiku in Abuja and nothing was adhered to.
“He was shocked that Atiku has not told Nigerians what transpired between him and Wike after the primary and how he arrived at Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as a running mate.
“Since there was no full disclosure, Wike has directed that fresh talks with Atiku should be with his strategy team members, who will come up with an advisory for him.”
Wike’s strategists include Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Samuel Ortom (Benue); ex-governors Hassan Dankwambo (Gombe); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) and Donald Duke (Cross River), among others.
On what transpired between Atiku and Wike, the source said: “You can also crosscheck what I will tell you from the camp of the ex-VP. Following the euphoria of winning the primary, Atiku visited Wike to seek his support,
“He promised to make him a vice presidential candidate. Wike said he does not want the office, but that Atiku should consider ex-Governor Donald Duke. Atiku and his supporters prevailed on Wike to be his running mate.
“There was much pressure on Wike to agree to the offer. A 17-man committee was also set up by the leadership of the party and 14 of the 17 members recommended Wike as Atiku’s running mate.
“The party leadership later raised a kangaroo committee (with Ayu as a member), which claimed that the party can only recommend three candidates to Atiku to pick. And it was obvious to Wike and his team that there was a predetermined candidate.
“You can see the lines of insincerity and lack of faith to talks. This explains why Wike shut his doors against Atiku.
However, Atiku is still said to be hopeful about reconciliation with Wike.”
It was gathered that five items may dominate Atiku’s interaction with Wike and the outcome of the parley may determine the fate of PDP and its chances in 2023.
The factors include the following:
- Explanation by Ayu and Atiku for abandoning the recommendations of a search committee for vice presidential candidate;
- Restructuring of the party, including the removal of the national chairman,
- Adherence to power rotation between the North and South,
- Intra-party inclusion
- Offers on the table for Wike’s camp if Atiku wins the presidential poll.
A former governor said: “The crux of the matter is that Atiku’s camp has not made significant offers to assuage Wike and his group. The only thing on the card was a proposal to make Wike the Minister of Petroleum Resources if Atiku is elected.
“This infuriated Wike who said a ministerial appointment was not far-reaching. He said he had been a minister before and he is not aspiring to be a minister.
“Instead, Atiku and his men have been cleverly working on a winner takes all formula in a party where everyone is equal.”
PDP considers Wike for DG of Atiku’s campaign team
BoT member Adamu, who admitted PDP was battling with internal crises, assured that the party was making efforts to amicably resolve them.
He lamented that it was unfortunate that some chieftains have not transited from the position of aspiration to candidature.
Waziri, a former Minister of Police Affairs said: “Our party is not in disarray as the news media is making Nigerians to believe.
“Our party has its challenges but our party is contended. And we are living in some comforts. Why because there is no political decision you take without ripple effects.”
He countered Governor Samuel Ortom, who claimed that 14 of 17 members of the committee on running mate voted for Wike.
He said: “There was no total truth in the claims by Ortom. I was part of the committee and I can tell you that there was no voting whatsoever for any of the nominees.”
Waziri said stakeholders would do everything to broker a truce.
He suggested that the Rivers State governor should be appointed as the DG of Atiku’s campaign team.
He said: “Governor Wike will be a good DG and should be offered that position. He won’t refuse to work with Atiku. I know him to be a man of his word.”
He maintained that the candidate has the right to choose his running mate.
Waziri said: “That committee recommended three people to the candidate who reserves the right to choose any one of them or none at all.
“There was no voting at all, but members of the committee were allowed to express their views.
“The candidate reserves the right at the end of the day to choose his running mate.
“The PDP has had a history of what happened between 2003 and 2007 where there was a deep-seated crisis between the President and the Vice President and nobody wants a repeat, hence the candidate who won the election on his own merit must be given the right at the end of the day to make a choice on who will be his running mate, not the party.”
The former minister said since the candidates have emerged, members of the party should put their differences behind and forge ahead.
Don’t Get Carried Away By Opposition’s Rhetorics-Gov AbdulRazaq
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend urged the people of the State not to be deceived by the antics of the opposition parties to take over power from his progressive administration at all cost.
Fidel Info reports that He said the achievements recorded by the APC-led government in the state are visible and verifiable, dismissing the PDP and other opposition parties for deploying falsehoods to achieve their mission.
The Governor was speaking in Babanloma (Ifelodun LG) on Sunday at the inauguration of Campaign Council and 5th Constituency Empowerment of APC House of Assembly Member and candidate for Share/Oke-Ode Constituency, Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaq.
“This is about evidence of good governance and physical projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people. It is not about lies and propaganda which the oppositions are known for. Don’t let them deceive you,” the Governor said.
“The PDP government that could not pay salaries, I wonder what they are coming back to do. For instance, when talking about the track records of the performance of Hon Owolabi they are visible to all. There is impact. That is what the APC party stands for.”
AbdulRazaq commended Hon. Owolabi for evenly distributing dividends of democracy to his constituents through various empowerment programmes, adding that the lawmaker is one of the best lawmakers who prioritise the welfare of the people of his constituency.
“What Hon. Owolabi has achieved in the last three and a half years is so unique that we regard him as Mr. Empowerment. It is so far, so good. I urge you all to support him and other APC candidates, including our Presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the polls,” he added.
He described Hon. Owolabi as an achiever, given his impactful projects and programmes that cut across the Share/Oke Ode constituency which the lawmaker represents, and vowed to work for the success of his political ambition.
He urged the newly inaugurated Campaign Council to move from door to door to canvass for votes for Hon. Owolabi to enable him complete his good works.
The ceremony was attended by some cabinet members and other government officials; House of Assembly Service Commission Chairman Hon. Femi Yusuf; APC leaders and stalwarts; House of Assembly candidates for Ilorin East and South Constituencies under APC, Hon. Fatima Arinola Lawal and Hon. Mariam Yusuf Aladi; Prince Adeniran Johnson; women groups led by Hon. Nike Jibola; youths and beneficiaries of the empowerment programme, among others.
Hon Owolabi, for his part, said his empowerment programmes were in fulfillment of his campaign promises to the people of the constituency.
He urged the people of the constituency to vote en masse for all the candidates of APC, adding that APC remains the party to beat.
He said he was able to record great success in his legislative responsibility because of the existing good working relationship between the Executive and Legislative Arms of government in the State.
He commended the leadership qualities of Governor AbdulRazaq and Speaker of the House, Engr Yakubu Salihu Danladi.
Ba’asofin of Babanloma, Chief Olarewaju Falola, thanked AbdulRazaq for the construction of a 7km road project within the town, and for appointing Deborah Lawal, one of their daughters, as Special Assistant on SDGs for Ifelodun LGA.
Chief Falola said Babanloma community is one of the communities that benefited from this administration in many ways and will actively partake in the electoral process to give AbdulRazaq another mandate.
APC elders such as Elder Nicholar Agboola, Engr Buraimoh Job, and Mr Benjamin Ayansola, in their separate remarks, said the critics of the AbdulRazaq administration are those who believe in the sharing of Kwarans’ common patrimony at the expense of the masses.
They appreciated the excellent performance of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq through his people-oriented policies and programmes, saying that gave birth to developmental projects across the nooks and crannies of the state.
Highlight of the occasion was the inauguration of a 67-member Campaign and Mobilisation Council for the re-election of Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaaq, as performed by Lawyer Danmegoro Ismail Ibrahim.
Again, Saraki Thugs Vandalise Campaign Posters In Kwara
Thugs loyal to the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have vandalised campaign posters belonging to candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ode Alausa, Ilorin, the state capital.
Fidel Info reports that the thugs who went on rampage were said to be sponsored by two PDP chieftains Dr Giwa Lukman and one other simply identified as Alhaji Uthman.
Both of them are loyalists of former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki who is the leader of the party in Kwara.
The thugs razed down all the APC billboards and pounced on passersby and innocent residents, leaving many people with varying degrees of injuries.
Our sources told us that many of the victims are hospitalised after suffering damages to their bodies.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time hooligans loyal to the opposition PDP in the state would be destroying billboards belonging to the APC.
They also orchestrated the destruction of APC billboards in Ubandawaki in Ilorin few months ago.
People have attributed these developments to acceptance of defeat by the opposition who are overwhelmed by the popularity of APC in the state.
They condemned PDP for resorting to violence which they said is a characteristic of their era, urging security agencies to step up their game in containing these notorious elements that want to destabilise the peace and harmony of the state.
Kwara 2023:Scores Join APC In Oke-Ero LG
Hundreds of defectors across opposition parties in Kwara State have joined the ruling All Progressives Congress in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.
Fidel Info Reports That The massive defections happened today on an open field during the local government APC General Ward Meeting in Idofin Igbana community.
The decampees claimed that, what is happening in other political parties are nothing to hold by but Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s APC has done so much for them in the local government and in the state at large.
Speaking for the Hausa Community, Mallam Abila Danlami said himself and his people residing in Oke-Ero has never had it so good and has no choice than to join APC and support Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s reelection for their personal and general benefits.
Welcoming the decampees into the APC fold, the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Oyeyemi Olasunbo Florence, said the defectors are from all the 10 wards of the local government having witnessed different developmental projects in their various localities.
The Commissioner who is a daughter of the soil also said several groups were represented such as, Fulani Community, Hausa Community including the plantation farmers from Ado-Ashe, all from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and other opposition parties in the state.
According to the Commissioner, the defectors realized, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has the excellence and has proven the worth, so the people see it as a must to join hands with him and ensure victory of the party from the Presidency down to the House of Assembly levels.
She said all wards in the local government are fully represented to throw weight behind the governor’s reelection bid and charge the environment while showing strong support.
She however thanked the governor for counting the local government worthy of the massive development it has experienced since the beginning of his administration.
Also, the Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. George Olabode Towoju hailed the governor for the recognition and support he is giving the indigenes and residents of the local government.
Hon. Towoju said there is hardly any ward in the local government that you won’t see at least one political office holder or the other. He revealed that, Oke-Ero is one of the few local governments in the state that produce two commissioners.
He said with the feat, “our people are totally committed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s project for him to win his reelection come 2023 for the continuity of the good governance Kwarans have always been yearning for.
Some of the achievements of the governor in the local government are as follows;
*Construction of four class rooms at Iloffa Grammar School with three offices.
*Construction of 3 blocks of classroom with two offices at St Pete Primary School, Iloffa.
*ICT Centre at St. John Primary School Iloffa.
*Construction of 3 classrooms at Jamat Primary School Iloffa.
*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of Oko – Idofin Igbana Road to Odo-Ashe ongoing
*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks 10 classroom at St. Paul Primary School, Idofin-Igbana Ward l
*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks of 4 classrooms at Idofin High School, Idofin Ward II
*Rehabilitation and refurbishment of Model Health Centres at Omi-Egun Road, Idofin Ward II.
*Construction of Oko – Idofin Igbana – Odo Ashe Road.
*Construction of Omi Ayin Bridge along Idofin Ayekale Road.
Building of two blocks of classroom at United Primary School, Ekan and rehabilitation of Obaji Comprehensive Secondary School, Ekan.
Building of six blocks of class room in Odo Ashe.
Construction of two new classrooms and renovation of another 4 classrooms with furniture at Muslim Primary School, Ayedun.
Construction of two blocks of classroom at Imode/Egosi Ward and many more projects yet to be captured.
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