Wike threatens to defect to Labour party, work for Peter Obi

The crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is thickening as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has now threatened to defect to Labour Party (LP) and work for Peter Obi against Atiku.

Sources at the meeting in Abuja said Wike gave Atiku some conditions, if they must work together and if those conditions were not met, he would work with Peter Obi.

Wike ruled out working for Tinubu saying if the All Progressives Congress (APC) had picked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as its presidential candidate he would have declared support for the Vice President after he lost out in the PDP primaries.

The meeting was subsequently adjourned to allow Atiku go home to process the demands made by Wike before returning to the negotiation table.

“The first thing Wike told Atiku is that he is lucky APC didn’t pick Osinbajo, otherwise he would have declared for Osinbajo and APC even if Osinbajo didn’t ask for it.”

“He said he cannot join Asiwaju Bola Tinubu because of the Muslim Muslim ticket,” the source said.

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Wike accused Atiku of undermining him for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who was the one who convened a meeting of all Southern Governors (APC and PDP) right in Delta State, where they all agreed power must return to South.

“It’s the same Okowa that Atiku picked as running mate and he didn’t remember they all agreed power must return to South”.

Wike then told Atiku he has some level of control over five PDP governors and that it would be the deciding factor for who will win 2023 between Tinubu and Atiku.

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Wike told Atiku that he spent over 60 million dollars on Atiku between 2018 until very recently and that he didn’t deserve the treatment Atiku meted to him.

Wike said he would not have taken the VP slot, given his character and personality, but at least he should have been given the offer of first refusal.

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Doris Israel Ijeoma

Doris Israel Ijeoma is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos. She can be reached via: 08097099378