Amid the internal crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party on Monday flagged off its presidential campaign for the 2023 election at the Nest of Champions Stadium in Uyo, in Akwa Ibom State.
Aggrieved Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his allies including Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde were however absent, which is an indication that the PDP is yet to put its house in order, with barely five months to the elections in February 2023.
Dignitaries that graced the event include the party’s presidential candidate and former Vice President, Akitu Abubakar, his running mate and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
Others are Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed and his Adamawa counterpart, Ahmadu Fintiri, former lawmaker representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye among other top party officials.
Since losing the party’s presidential ticket to Atiku under controversial circumstances, Wike has been implacable in his demand for the resignation of party chairman Iyorchia Ayu, whom he accused of being a biased umpire during the said primary.
Wike and his allies also argue that both the party chairman and the presidential flagbearer cannot come from the same region of the North.
Talks to appease the Wike camp had failed to yield the desired results.
So far, Wike and his allies continue to shun PDP activities, which could be an indication that he won’t support Atiku’s presidential ambition.