The camp of former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, says the opposition political party will survive without Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Daniel Bwala, a spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar campaign, hit back at Wike, late Friday, hours after the Rivers State leader briefed the press where he opened up on the crisis rocking the PDP since its presidential primary election in May.
Wike continues to insist that PDP Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, must resign or be booted out for the role he played during the presidential primary election and because Atiku’s emergence as flagbearer makes his own position, as a northerner himself, untenable.
“Iyorchia Ayu and Atiku were founding members. They left and had to come back. Let me tell you why you can’t play God,” Mr Bwala said in a Channels TV interview on Friday night.
“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,” Bwala hit back.
Quest Times understands that an internal crisis has rocked the PDP since Wike lost the party’s 2022 presidential primary to Abubakar in May.
The crisis took a worse turn after Abubakar dumped Wike to pick Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate, against the recommendation of a party committee that had put forward the Rivers Governor’s name.