COME’S 2023 ELECTION: Peoples Democratic Party ‘PDP Governors Divided Into Four Over Party Crisis’
Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have reportedly divided into four camps amidst the crisis in the party.
This is coming after only four out of thirteen governors in the party, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed attended the National National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party.
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri had sent their deputies to the meeting.
A source that spoke with The Nation on the crisis of the party said the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar can boast of six governors on his side.
According to the source, five other governors are in the camp of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
The source described the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel as the ‘tie breakers’ in the party.
The top leader said: “Despite the concessions made by Atiku’s group, Wike’s camp has remained adamant on Ayu’s exit and the NEC meeting on Thursday foreclosed reconciliation.
“Our governors are now in four camps. Some are for Ayu, others for Wike, the so-called neutral group and some on a spying mission.”
The source noted that the former Board of Trustees Chairman, Walid Jibrin who had three months left in office was forced to resign to preserve the unity of the party.
He said the move to remove the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu has become impossible because he has the support of the founders of PDP.
The top leader added, “These leaders also do not joke with party discipline. Most of them were angry that Wike was riding the party roughshod.”