The Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Samuel Nwanosike, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State chapter, has made up its mind to dump the presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Nwanosike said the state chapter of the party would support and campaign for Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of rival All Progressives Congress (APC) for the February 25 224000521" crossorigin="anonymous"> presidential election.
According to him, the position of Rivers State is now settled, adding that the elders and opinion leaders of the state have decided to dump Atiku and work for Ahmed Tinubu because of what he described as “unfairness and political imbalance” he claimed Atiku was propagating, Sun News reports.
Nwanosike said that the PDP national leadership has been taken over by men who specialised in manipulating the process to achieve their personal interest.
He recalled that it was clearly stated that when the PDP presidential candidate emerges from the North, the national chairman of the party on the other hand should come from the South and vice versa if the presidential candidate of the party emerges from the South.
But Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate from the North is insisting that Iyorchia Ayu also from the North remains the party’s national chairman, he noted in anger.
“With this unfortunate development, it is clear that Atiku is not the true unifying factor we thought he is.
“We want to say clearly here that we stand by our leader Nyesom Wike on this issue,” he said.
The council boss condemned a situation where a Northerner will govern Nigeria for eight long years and hand over to another Northerner to continue.
He said: “It is not possible for a Northerner in the person of Buhari to govern Nigeria for eight years and hand over power to another Northerner, Atiku Abubakar.
“We politicians cannot sit down and watch this happen. To halt the injustice, elders and opinion leaders of Rivers State after careful deliberation on the matter, zeroed in on Tinubu as the most suitable candidate.
“We have x-rayed the three frontrunners in the race, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and Bola Tinubu, it is Tinubu we found to be the true unifying factor.
“To say that Nyesom Wike’s vote is just one vote is a mere political rhetoric that makes no meaning.”
He said that Wike is a man that won governorship election coming from the opposition back to back, adding that “he has the support of Rivers people and they will rally round him anywhere he goes to.”
On the chances of the PDP winning the state in the election, he relied on the achievements of Wike as the train that would carry their party through to its destination.
He pointed out that Wike has achieved so much in the state, turning the entire state into a work site with infrastructure.
He, therefore, said that based on Wike’s numerous achievements that the PDP standard bearer, Fubaras Siminilayi is using “consolidation” as his campaign slogan.
“None of the other candidates can get up to 10 per cent of Fubaras votes,” he boasted.
Asked what will happen if Atiku comes back for another reconciliation, he retorted:
“No way! The decision of the elders and opinion leaders of the state is final,” but he was quick to add that only Wike can change the decision.
According to him, the people of the state met without Governor Wike and took the decision to move forward, adding that the governor is, however, being awaited to address the people.