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Wike ‘very busy’, failed to meet BoT over PDP crisis: Wabara

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Wike ‘very busy’, failed to meet BoT over PDP crisis: Wabara

Adolphus Wabara, the BoT chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, says the trustees’ efforts to meet Governor Nyesom Wike to resolve the lingering crisis in the party have failed because the governor has been “very busy.”

He said the BoT members had met with some PDP governors but had yet to meet Mr Wike.

“We have also met with some of the governors. We started from my state, Okezie Ikpeazu. We moved to Enugu to meet Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. From there, we met Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and we met with Jerry Gana. We are really digging around to find solutions,” Mr Wabara explained. “We are looking for solutions for all of us to come together and win the election in flying colours.”

In response to the decision of Mr Wike and his camp to pull out of the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign council, Mr Wabara said the party would speak with the Rivers governor after addressing the nation on Friday.

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“After Wike’s address, tomorrow we will speak with him. Wike is a member of the board of trustees. We have made attempts to meet with him, but I believe he has been very busy,” he disclosed.

He said that the BoT was going around to find a lasting solution to the problem dividing the party. Mr Wabara added that the BoT members would meet the party’s national chairman, Iyorcha Ayu, Mr Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, on the way forward.

“Our aim is to get into the Aso Villa. For PDP to get into the Aso Villa in 2023, we need everybody to come on board. We are still moving around. In six days’ time, the campaign will be inaugurated. We hope and pray that before then, Nigerians will see a more united PDP,” Mr Wabara noted.

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He added, “We are doing this not for us, not for the chairman of the governors’ forum or anybody. We are doing this for Nigerians. Nigerians are looking up to the PDP to deliver them from what we are experiencing with the ruling party as we speak.”

Similarly, Governor Aminu Tambuwal said discussions were ongoing to resolve the PDP crisis.

“We have engaged with them, and I believe that what they are likely to come up with will be a solution to the problem we have. Be rest assured that as governors of the party, we are also talking to ourselves on the way forward,” Mr Tambuwal explained. “Very soon, the governors’ forum will meet, and we will come up with what we feel should be the solution and the way forward for the party.”

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Saraki breaks silence on PDP crisis, states position on Atiku’s candidacy

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has responded to the PDP crisis that is roiling the party.

The former presidential candidate claimed in a post on his social media accounts on Saturday that he had been working quietly behind the scenes to ensure the party’s return to normalcy.

Earlier this year, following the party’s primary election, which took place on May 29 in Abuja, the main opposition party experienced an unusual crisis.

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, and his supporters demanded the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP National Chairman, on the grounds that he had orchestrated Wike’s demise.

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However, the crisis has worsened as a result of Ayu’s refusal to step down because Wike and his group have vowed to work against the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the upcoming election.

Recall that Wike and some PDP stakeholders a few days ago, pulled out of Atiku’s campaign council, insisted that Ayu must resign before the party could get their support.

But speaking on the developments, Saraki, who was also an aspirant during the primary election, said Atiku remains the best option for the country.

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He wrote, “I just returned from my annual vacation and went straight to Akwa Ibom to join the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the state’s creation.

“As I moved around the country in the past few days, I got the feeling that many people are concerned over my seeming silence on recent developments in our party, the PDP.

“My response is that there are times to speak and be heard and there are times when working silently behind the scenes is more productive. This is such a time.

“PDP and Atiku Abubakar remain the best option for Nigerians in the 2023 polls”!

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Pa Adebanjo backing Peter Obi with ‘Ohanifere’ for selfish interest: Tinubu

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council has criticised the leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo, for using the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group to pursue a personal political agenda against the ruling party’s flag bearer, Bola Tinubu.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Bayo Onanuga, spokesperson for the APC campaign council, accused Mr Adebanjo of masquerading with Afenifere to canvass support for Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the 2023 general election.

“We know for a fact that Baba has turned Afenifere into his personal estate as Acting Leader. We are also certain that there was nowhere Afenifere, as we know it, met and took a decision to adopt Mr Peter Obi as a candidate for the 2023 presidential election,” Mr Onanuga said.

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Mr Adebanjo, one of the revered leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, has openly supported Mr Obi in his presidential bid to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, who would be rounding off his eight years tenure on the seat.

The Afenifere leader has continuously shown his disdain for the person of Mr Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, after the latter caused division in the pan-Yoruba group in the run-up to the 2003 election, causing its members to split in different groups.

Also, Mr Adebanjo has never failed to assert that his decision to support Mr Obi, who is from the South-east part of the country, was based on equity, fairness, and justice.

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The APC campaign council said Mr Adebanjo, although free as an individual to support any candidate of his choice in the election, does not speak for Afenifere.

“We respect the age of Baba Adebanjo but he can not turn Afenifere into his personal franchise for any political alliance,” the statement said.

The statement further, “We are very much aware that Baba Reuben Fasoranti, the real leader of Afenifere had stated clearly that Pa Adebanjo has always been speaking for himself on many national issues using the name of the group.

“It is our well considered position that Pa Adebanjo cannot appropriate Afenifere. Baba is just an individual who is free to support any politician of his choice. As an individual, he  cannot equate himself with the socio-cultural and socio-political organisation.”

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Saraki says silence best answer to Wike’s temper tantrum in PDP

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki says he’s chosen to keep mum in response to the internal wranglings happening in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“As I moved around the country in the past few days, I got the feeling that many people are concerned over my seeming silence on recent developments in our party, the PDP,” the former senate president tweeted on Saturday night.

“My response is that there are times to speak and be heard and there are times when working silently behind the scenes is more productive. This is such a time. PDP and Atiku Abubakar remain the best option for Nigerians in the 2023 polls,” Mr Saraki added.

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A crisis is brewing in the PDP, spearheaded by Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike and supported by the southern caucus of the party including Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde and former deputy national chairman of the party, Bode George.

Mr Wike, who has insisted on the resignation of the National Chairman of PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, as a prerequisite to supporting the party towards the 2023 election, recently escalated his internal opposition through individual name-calling.

On Friday, he blasted Mr Saraki and others, accusing them of being partly responsible for the loss of former President Goodluck Jonathan at the 2015 polls.

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There seems to be no resolution to the crisis as Mr Atiku’s loyalists appear ready to move on with the elections whether or not Mr Wike and members of his group are onboard.

“Atiku left, the party survived. Ayu left, the party survived. If Wike leaves the party will survive. Obasanjo is not in PDP, it survived. You need to understand and know the limit of your operation and influence,” Mr Atiku’s spokesperson Daniel Bwala said on Friday.

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