In light of the ongoing internal crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Wike faction has resolved not to be part of the Atiku/PDP 2023 Presidential campaign.
The grouse of the Wike faction remains the refusal of National Chairman, Sen Iyorchia Ayu to step down following the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the party’s flagbearer.
The Wike faction in a statement, after a lengthy meeting in Port-Harcourt, stated that until Ayu resigns, they would not help the PDP in its presidential campaign in 2023.
In light of their decision, here is a list of PDP politicians who won’t work for an Atiku presidency in 2023;
- Governor Nyesom Wike (Rivers State)
- Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo State)
- Governor Samuel Ortom (Benue State)
- Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State)
- Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State)
- Ex-Governor Jonah Jang (Plateau State)
- Ex-Governor Donald Duke (Cross River State)
- Ex-Governor Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo State)
- Ex-Governor Ayo Fayose (Ekiti State)
- Ex-Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe State)
- Chief Bode George (Lagos State)
- Chief Dan Orbih (Edo State)
- Mohammed Adoke (Kogi State)
Responding to their decision, Atiku pleaded with them, calling on them to rethink their move, as he doesn’t have the power to remove Ayu as chairman.
“I will urge those members of our party that have stated their resolve to withdraw from the Presidential Campaign Council to have a rethink, retrace their steps, and join us in these efforts.
“The above notwithstanding, and for the sake of our country, our children, and those yet unborn, we must not, for one minute, shirk in our responsibilities to rebuild this beloved country of ours.
“Accordingly, we must forge on with the task and the mandate that we have been bestowed with. It is time, therefore, to move on with the formidable tasks of nation building ahead of us,” the presidential candidate said.