Wike Denies Suing Atiku Over PDP Presidential Primary

 

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has denied filing a suit against the Peoples Democratic Party, its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal.

Speaking at the commissioning of House of Assembly Quarters in Port Harcourt, Wike said he was focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers State.

“People have called me that I went to court against Atiku Abubakar,” he said.

“I want to state categorically that I didn’t go to court. I just want to say it for Nigerians to know. I have kept quiet. I am busy with delivering the dividends of democracy.

READ ALSO: Rivers APC Spokesman, Chris Finebone, Defects To PDP

“If they lose election, nobody should call my name. I have told the candidate.

“If I wanted to go to court, I would have gone to court within two weeks.

“It is the candidate’s group that are doing all these things. Let the world hear. They are the ones plotting all these things, thinking they will spoil my name.

“We are supposed to be talking about winning election.”

Transfer of votes

Legal documents filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja had surfaced late on Thursday showing Wike as a plaintiff in a case against the PDP, Atiku, Tambuwal and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

In the originating summons, Wike and his co-applicant are asking the court to determine eight issues which includes whether the purported transfer of Tambuwal’s votes to Atiku by the PDP was illegal and void.

The plaintiffs are also asking the court to determine if Tambuwal lost his claim to votes the moment he stepped down for Atiku.

Wike and Ekamon argued that should these issues be determined in their favour, the court should grant nine reliefs including a declaration that the purported transfer of Tambuwal’s votes to Atiku be declared null and void.

The plaintiffs are also seeking a declaration that the PDP acted negligently and in bad faith by assigning the Sokoto governor’s votes to Atiku at the primary.

They are praying the court to cancel the transfer of votes and a corresponding order restraining the 3rd respondent (Tambuwal’s) withdrawal in the primary was done after voting had commenced.”

The applicants also prayed the court to declare that the PDP and Atiku took undue advantage of Tambuwal’s withdrawal when they allowed the Sokoto governor to persuade delegates to vote for the former Vice-President in the primary.

Wike and Ekamon asked the court to order INEC to reject or remove Atiku from “its list of candidates in the 2023 presidential election.”

They are also seeking an order commanding the PDP to recount the votes of the primary that was held on May 28 and May 29.

Lastly, the applicants are seeking an order of the court “directing the 1st respondent (PDP) to declare the 2nd applicant (Wike), a presidential aspirant in the May 28 and May 29 primary as the winner of the aforesaid primary with a corresponding order directing the 1st respondent (PDP) to forward his name as the candidate to contest the presidential election in 2023.”

In a supporting affidavit he deposed to, Ekamon noted that he was a member of the PDP and attested to the fact that Wike won the presidential election.

He maintained that Tambuwal withdrew from the contest after voting had commenced and directed that his votes be assigned to Atiku.

2023: Wike Sues Atiku And Tambuwal, Demands Recognition As PDP’s Presidential Candidate

A photo combination of Governor Nyesom Wike and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has sued the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and the Peoples Democratic Party over the conduct of the presidential primary.

In the originating summons, Wike and his co-applicant are asking the court to determine eight issues which includes whether the purported transfer of Tambuwal’s votes to Atiku by the PDP was illegal and void.

The plaintiffs are also asking the court to determine if Tambuwal lost his claim to votes the moment he stepped down for Atiku.

Wike and Ekamon argued that should these issues be determined in their favour, the court should grant nine reliefs including a declaration that the purported transfer of Tambuwal’s votes to Atiku be declared null and void.

The plaintiffs are also seeking a declaration that the PDP acted negligently and in bad faith by assigning the Sokoto governor’s votes to Atiku at the primary.

They are praying the court to cancel the transfer of votes and a corresponding order restraining the 3rd respondent (Tambuwal’s) withdrawal in the primary was done after voting had commenced.”

The applicants also prayed the court to declare that the PDP and Atiku took undue advantage of Tambuwal’s withdrawal when they allowed the Sokoto governor to persuade delegates to vote for the former Vice-President in the primary.

Wike and Ekamon asked the court to order INEC to reject or remove Atiku from “its list of candidates in the 2023 presidential election.”

They are also seeking an order commanding the PDP to recount the votes of the primary that was held on May 28 and May 29.

Lastly, the applicants are seeking an order of the court “directing the 1st respondent (PDP) to declare the 2nd applicant (Wike), a presidential aspirant in the May 28 and May 29 primary as the winner of the aforesaid primary with a corresponding order directing the 1st respondent (PDP) to forward his name as the candidate to contest the presidential election in 2023.”

In a supporting affidavit he deposed to, Ekamon noted that he was a member of the PDP and attested to the fact that Wike won the presidential election.

He maintained that Tambuwal withdrew from the contest after voting had commenced and directed that his votes be assigned to Atiku.

Power tussle

The suit comes as the PDP struggles to unite Atiku and Wike, two if its most influential members.

Atiku had won the presidential primaries with 371 votes with Wike trailing after polling 237 votes.

A discontented Wike was then passed over for the vice-presidency candidate slot, further deepening the division between both men.

Wike has accused Atiku of lying against him, although he vowed to remain in the PDP.

Meanwhile, Atiku has promised to unite the party ahead of the presidential poll next year.

Atiku, Wike Meet In Abuja Behind Closed Doors – Sources

A photo combination of Governor Nyesom Wike and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar met with Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike in Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting was held behind closed doors and neither party officially confirmed it was held.

However credible sources told Channels Television that the duo met as efforts to resolve their differences continue within the PDP.

READ ALSO: PDP BoT Move To Reconcile Atiku And Wike

The meeting was reportedly held at the residence of Professor Jerry Gana, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees.

The PDP board on Wednesday had resolved to reconcile both parties ahead of the 2023 general elections,

Wike is expected to back Atiku in the 2023 general elections but indications have emerged that the Rivers State Governor is unhappy after being passed over for the party’s vice presidential ticket.

Last Friday, Wike slammed Atiku Abubakar for lying against him, although he vowed to remain in the PDP.

Atiku has promised to unite the party ahead of the presidential poll next year.

PDP BoT Move To Reconcile Atiku And Wike

A photo combination of Governor Nyesom Wike and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have resolved to reconcile the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

Speaking after a closed-door meeting at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, the board resolved to begin the reconciliation process from Atiku’s residence.

The BoT also commended the party for the victory in the Osun governorship elections and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to build on their success to ensure credible election in 2023.

READ ALSO: NBA Says Atiku, Obi Will Speak At Its 2022 Annual General Conference

Wike is expected to back Atiku in the 2023 general elections but indications have emerged that the Rivers State Governor is unhappy after being passed over for the party’s vice presidential ticket.

Last Friday, Wike slammed Atiku Abubakar for lying against him, although he vowed to remain in the PDP.

Atiku has promised to united the party ahead of the presidential poll next year.

NBA Says Atiku, Obi Will Speak At Its 2022 Annual General Conference

A photo combination of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.
A photo combination of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.

 

The Nigerian Bar Association says two of the four leading candidates in Nigeria’s 2023 presidential elections have confirmed their availability to speak at the forthcoming Annual General Conference of the Association (NBA) in Lagos this month.

The 2022 NBA Annual General Conference, with the theme “Bold Transitions”, will hold at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos from the August 19 to 26.

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart, the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, who have both confirmed their availability will be speaking in a panel session on the topic “Democratic Transitions in 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond”.

READ ALSO: I Did Not Endorse Peter Obi, Labour Party – Ogbonnaya Onu

A press release by the NBA’s Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP), also said invites had been sent out to the other two candidates, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), but they were yet to confirm their availability.

The TCCP said the Presidential Candidates’ session will come after the conference opening ceremony and will afford participants a rare opportunity to interact with the presidential candidates just six months ahead of Nigeria’s general elections next year.

“We are excited to announce that of the four leading presidential candidates we sent invites to, two have confirmed to us that they would be available to speak at the 62nd NBA Annual General Conference holding at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos. We await a response from the other two and we are hopeful that it would be positive,” .

“It is a first in the history of the NBA Annual General Conference and it is in line with our aspiration to make the 2022 AGC a legacy conference that sets a standard that will become a benchmark for subsequent conferences of the NBA. We are looking forward to seeing participants have a robust engagement with the candidates,” the statement said.

2023: PDP BoT To Meet On Wednesday Over Atiku-Wike Rift

A photo combination of Governor Nyesom Wike and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party will meet on Wednesday as parts of attempts to appease Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mr Wike, who held a meeting with some PDP Governors on Sunday, has expressed dissatisfaction with how the party chose its vice-presidential candidate among other issues.

In a statement on Monday, Chairman of the PDP BoT, Walid Jibril, said the PDP is not in a crisis but needs to settle certain grievances.

READ ALSO: Wike Meets With Some PDP Governors, Others

He added that the Board, being the highest advisory of the PDP, will come up with strong recommendations to put an end to what he described as “issues” rocking the party.

What Jibril said?

“I notice with great concern what the PDP primary elections of Atiku Abubakar and the appointment of Chief Okowa as President and Vice President is unnecessarily causing confusion among some PDP members. May I point out that very strongly that there is no  problem as being envisaged by some people in our great party the PDP.

“I want to assure everyone that all plans are on ground to bring all members together as one and united, as what is happening in PDP can never be compared with the situation in APC, especially their plans in trying to bring religious issues of Muslim-Muslim President and Vice President.

“I have also noted that some groups are coming up trying to solve the issues of Okowa as Vice-President the latest group include some former governors of the party and the current governors, some BoT members and elders including Prof Jerry Gana.

“The aim of the group is reconcile aggrieved especially Wike. Interestingly the BoT the highest advisory body and the conscious of the party is meeting on Wednesday 3rd August to discuss the issues accordingly by coming up with strong recommendations with the special committee for the special reconciliation of aggrieved members especially Governor Wike.

“After the BoT meeting we will meet with Wike and all aggrieved members and all past presidential Aspirants. It is my prayers as Chairman of BoT that the PDP will remain strongest and win all elections in 2023.”

Presidential Primary Aftermath: Wike Slams Atiku, Vows To Remain In PDP

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reacted to the events that have unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He spoke on Friday at the Port Harcourt International Airport in the Rivers State capital shortly after he returned from a foreign trip.

“I have decided to be quiet because PDP is a party I love so much,” said the governor during a briefing with reporters. “I have moved on to conclude my social contract with the people of Rivers. However, it is time to let Nigerians know the truth.”

Governor Wike faulted the speech by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on the day he unveiled Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.

He also accused the former vice president of telling lies against him, as well as using some chieftains of the main opposition party to spread falsehood against his person.

The governor vowed to respond to both the party’s flagbearer and the party chieftains whom he described as Atiku’s ‘attack dogs’ one-by-one and line by line in due time.

He said posterity would not forgive him should he fail to set the record straight and promised to clear the air after the commissioning of the projects lined up for inauguration by the state government.

A photo combination of Governor Nyesom Wike and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

On the reconciliation committee set up by the PDP leadership, Governor Wike stated that former Vice President Atiku had yet to send any delegation to him.

He, however, said a former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, met with him in Spain, although in his personal capacity.

According to the governor, the former vice president came to his house to beg for support but suddenly does not know the way to his house any longer.

He went on to challenge anyone to identify that he or she was sent by the PDP candidate to speak to him about the issue in the PDP and the aftermath of the party’s presidential primary.

Governor Wike who said the idea of setting up a committee was only being seen in the media, however, insisted that he would remain in the PDP and help rebuild the party.

“I am not a slave and will not be a slave. I am freeborn of the country,” he declared.

In the party’s presidential primary held in May, Atiku polled 371 votes to emerge as the PDP’s flagbearer ahead of Wike who scored 237 votes to come second in the contest.

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki (70); Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel (38), Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed (38), Former Senate President Pius Anyim (14), Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (One), and Mr Sam Ohuabunwa (1) shared the remainder of the valid votes.

Weeks after the primary was held, the PDP presidential candidate named Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate in the forthcoming election.

This, however, led to a disagreement among party stakeholders as some commended the choice of Okowa while others rejected it, saying Atiku should have picked Wike who was the runner-up in the primary in the stead of his Delta counterpart.

In a bid to address the perceived grievances of the governor,  the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PDP set up a reconciliatory committee to meet with Wike of Rivers State over the fallout of the party’s presidential primary and crisis trailing the nomination of a running mate.

Presidential Primaries: Ex-Minister Asks Court To Disqualify Tinubu, Atiku

A photo combination of Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu.

 

The immediate past Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and a group, Incorporated Trustees of Rights for All International, have filed an originating summons before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order declaring Nwajiuba as the authentic presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

They also prayed the court to cancel the votes gotten by the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, as well as the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Nwajiuba who accused the APC presidential candidate of bribing delegates with dollars presented 26 issues for determination by the court.

He specifically asked the court to determine whether the composition of the delegates contravened Article 11(A) 12(1) and 13(1) of the constitution of the APC.

A file photo of the former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba.

 

The former minister urged the court to determine if the composition of the delegates at the PDP primary does not contravene Section 33(1) and (5) (c) of the constitution of the party.

He prayed the court to determine whether having regard to the clear unambiguous and express provisions and tenor of Sections 6(6) (A) (B) and (C) read alongside Section 15(5) of the 1999 Constitution, the court has the inherent judicial powers to nullify, cancel, and declare as illegal the presidential primaries of the APC and the PDP.

Nwajiuba asked the court to determine that all the votes cast in favour of Tinubu and Atiku at the special national conventions of the APC and PDP were illegal, null, void, and of no effect whatsoever on the grounds of corruption and selling of delegates’ votes and voter inducement.

Lastly, he prayed the court to decide that having regard to the express provisions of paragraphs 1 and 8 of the 5th schedule of the 1999 Constitution, the alleged corrupt conducts of Tinubu and Atiku in buying votes and inducing delegates with dollars and naira to secure their votes at the special national convention, disqualify them from further seeking, contesting, and holding the office of the President.

2023: Atiku, Okowa Meet With PDP Senators In Reconciliation Move

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, attend a meeting with PDP senators on July 26, 2022.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, attend a meeting with PDP senators on July 26, 2022.

 

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Senate caucus on Tuesday met with the party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, Mr Atiku Abubakar and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

The meeting is part of efforts to reconcile aggrieved party members ahead of the 2023 general elections.

PDP chieftains such as Nyesom Wike are believed to be unhappy about recent developments in the party.

READ ALSO: PDP Sues INEC, Seeks Nullification Of APC Primaries In Rivers

Mr Wike lost the party’s presidential ticket to Mr Atiku and was also passed over for the Vice Presidency candidate slot.

Another eminent PDP stakeholder, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has questioned the way Mr Wike has been treated, saying he should have been properly consulted on the decision of Okowa as the party’s Vice Presidential candidate.

However, Mr Atiku has vowed to reunite the party ahead of the elections.

Also present at Tuesday’s meeting was the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

 

See more photos of the meeting below:

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, attend a meeting with PDP senators on July 26, 2022.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, attend a meeting with PDP senators on July 26, 2022.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, attend a meeting with PDP senators on July 26, 2022.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, attend a meeting with PDP senators on July 26, 2022.

I Am Not Considering Supporting Atiku For President, I Want To Win – Peter Obi

A photo collage of Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar.

 

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi has said that contrary to claims in certain quarters, he is not considering to support to support Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s bid to become president in 2023.

Mr Obi who is Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the forthcoming election, said he is in it to win it.

Obi stated this on Monday while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

When asked if he would take the chance should a situation arise to join forces with the People Democratic Party’s flagbearer, Mr Obi’s answer was an outright a no.

“Nobody goes into a match thinking of what will happen, everybody is going there to win. I am going into this contest win, I am going into this contest to be the president of Nigeria.

“I think I have all it takes to win,” the LP’s flagbearer declared.


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Speaking further about his chances in the next presidential race, the former governor said his political journey has been a tale of miracles, adding that he is looking forward to another miracle come 2023.

“Miracle is at the root of our faith, what strengthens our faith is miracle,” Obi asserted.

He added, “For me, since I started this political journey, my achievements and records have all been miracles, it has all been miraculous.

“I ran for governor in a party that was less than one year old, when I started in 2003 and won the election, they declared somebody else, I went to court and everybody said it was impossible, there is no way, it has never happened before but after three years, the court declared me the winner.

“I was sworn in, six months I was impeached alongside Fayose and Dariye, I went to court and again I became the first governor to come back from impeachment. So I was the first governor to win through the court, and first to come back from impeachment.

“And then in 2007, about one year in office, INEC conducted an election and Andy Uba won and was sworn in as governor, I went to court again to seek the interpretation of our constitution that my tenure is four years, everybody said it will never happen but again the Supreme Court declared me the winner which is why you have staggered election in various states today.

“I can go on an on and tell you so many things that have happened in this my journey which can be termed a miracle, and I am looking forward to the next miracle next year to complete the miraculous journey of my political life.”

Speaking further regarding his relationship with Atiku and the PDP, Obi said it is true that he did not tell Atiku Abubakar before resigning from the PDP.

“I did not even tell my family. I did not want anyone to talk me out of it,” the former governor explained.

He added, “Vice President Atiku remains my respected elder brother, and what he has said is true. When I left the PDP I did not tell him and other respected persons in my life including my family.

“There is a time in your life that you take a decision which you consider appropriate for your own future.”

According to Mr Obi, his decision to leave PDP was in the best interest of his future and the future of Nigeria. He recalled that when he left the opposition party, his stand was that he would rather do the right thing and fail than do the wrong thing and succeed.

Obi said he left the PDP based on the circumstances he found himself and where he found himself at the time, adding that he is certain that Atiku understands.

You Are Not In A Position To Point Fingers, Atiku’s Spokesman Tackles Tinubu

A photo combination of Atiku Abubakar and Bola Tinubu.

 

The recent blame game between the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new twist with the latest jab coming from the former vice president’s camp.

In a statement on Saturday, Atiku’s media adviser, Paul Ibe, faulted an earlier statement by Tinubu’s spokesman following a TV interview granted by the PDP flagbearer who is fondly called Waziri by his supporters.

“We would like to challenge Bola Tinubu to subject himself to an hour-long interview like the Waziri did, and if he is able to be as articulate and mentally present as our candidate, then he can talk,” said Ibe.

“Until then, we will only want to remind him and his yes men that they are not in a position to point fingers when they have not sat on the hot seat.”

The controversy between both presidential hopefuls began when Atiku, in an interview with Arise TV on Friday morning, claimed he rejected Tinubu as his running mate in 2007 on the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform because he was against the ideology of a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the interest of the country’s unity.

“Tinubu wanted to be my running mate when I was given the ACN presidential ticket in 2007, but I disagreed. And because of that, he switched his support to the late Umar Yaradua. That was the parting point,” he had said.

But in his reaction barely a day after the interview aired, Tinubu countered the claims made by the PDP candidate whom he accused of demeaning himself by pandering to base prejudice at a moment Nigeria needs true leadership.

Rather, he explained that he and the ACN helped Atiku in 2007 after he was frozen out by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and forced out of the PDP.

“We are saddened to see such a man become unhinged from the truth,” said a statement by the APC candidate’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman. “So obsessed is he with his quest for office, Atiku is willing to render any form of untruth if he thinks it might gain him a single vote. Atiku may want to be president. However, all he has shown is that he is pathological.”

Following the latest reaction from Mr Ibe, Nigerians would only expect another dramatic twist in the blame game by both men.

Read the full text of the statement by Akitu’s spokesman below:

We Challenge Bola Tinubu To Take The Hot Seat

We were rather amused to read the knee jerk response from the Tinubu Campaign Organisation to the wave making interview granted by Waziri Atiku Abubakar to Arise TV on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Amusement, because we expected this. Mr. Tinubu has not sat down to do any prolonged interview for obvious reasons. Nigerians have seen him talk in public and can themselves gauge the reason why he is mortified to do so.

Nevertheless, I will now take the issues in their statement one after the other.

* The Tinubu campaign exposed its gross desperation and vacuousness by citing the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 1999, to declare Waziri Atiku Abubakar’s stance on engaging in a side business while he was a young custom officer as a breach of the law. It is pertinent to educate the Tinubu campaign organisation that Nigeria is not under a military regime and our Constitutions are not retroactive in nature.

* Again, the Tinubu campaign betrayed either dishonesty or lack of attention to detail by claiming that Atiku Abubakar said oil contributed 20% of Nigeria’s GDP. That is a lie. What the Waziri said is as follows:

“Oil only maybe accounts for about 20% of our GDP”.

* The use of the word maybe by the Waziri was in reflection to the different figures given. While the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics states a figure close to 10%, other multilateral organisations have given a much higher figure of between 15-20%. So, while the jury is still out, it is right to qualify the contribution of oil and gas as a maybe. However, we do like to point out that Waziri Atiku Abubakar mentioned both the PDP and the APC during the interview and did not forget the name of his own party.

* It seems the Tinubu campaign organisation (can a disorganised body be called an organisation?) does not know the meaning of rotation of power and micro zoning. So, we will gladly educate them. Rotation of power refers to a constitutional provision where power is zoned between North and South. Micro-zoning refers to a non-constitutional idea, where power is zoned not between North and South, but amongst geo-political zones. We hope this cures the political illiteracy of the authors of that document.

* The rude response also accuses Waziri Atiku Abubakar of having “limited education”. Atiku Abubakar has an earned Masters degree from Anglia Ruskin University. We challenge any of the present Presidential candidates to present an equal or higher degree. Moreover, his university attendance is a matter of verified record. Can we say the same about some other persons?

* On President Lincoln, we are afraid the poor student of history is the Tinubu campaign disorganisation. Yes, it is true that Lincoln ran for President with his name on the ballot twice. But he ran at other times, and failed to get his name on the ballot.

* In conclusion, we would like to challenge Bola Tinubu to subject himself to an hour-long interview, like the Waziri did, and if he is able to be as articulate and mentally present as our candidate, then he can talk. Until then, we will only want to remind him and his yes men that they are not in a position to point fingers when they have not sat on the hot seat.

Paul Ibe

Media Adviser to Atiku Abubakar

Presidential candidate of the PDP

Abuja

July 23, 2022

Atiku: Soon, Nigerians Will Know The Actual Truth – Wike

A file photo of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says he will soon break his silence on the recent happenings in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

His Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The governor stated that it has become pertinent for him to speak and reveal to Nigerians all that has transpired in the PDP since the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the main opposition party.

“On Atiku, I will speak soon, and Nigerians will know the actual truth of all that has transpired in the PDP in recent times,” he was quoted to have said in the statement.

Governor Wike had gone under the radar as it relates to the PDP affairs since he lost the party’s presidential ticket to former Vice President Atiku.

In the party’s presidential primary held in May, Atiku polled 371 votes to emerge as the PDP’s flagbearer ahead of Wike who scored 237 votes to come second in the contest.

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki (70); Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel (38), Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed (38), Former Senate President Pius Anyim (14), Mrs Tari Diana Oliver (One), and Mr Sam Ohuabunwa (1) shared the remainder of the valid votes.

Following weeks after the primary held, the PDP presidential candidate named Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate in the forthcoming election.

This, however, led to a disagreement among party stakeholders as some commended the choice of Okowa while others rejected it, saying Atiku should have picked Wike who was the runner-up in the primary in the stead of his Delta counterpart.

In a bid to address the perceived grievances of the governor,  the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PDP set up a reconciliatory committee to meet with Wike of Rivers State over the fallout of the party’s presidential primary and crisis trailing the nomination of a running mate.