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2023: Wike camp draws first blood as PDP crisis deepens

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FINALLY, the camp loyal to Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State drew the first blood in the festering supremacy fight rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by boycotting the inauguration ceremony of the party’s presidential campaign council, yesterday.

  The event took place in International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.

While those that stayed away include Governors Samuel Ortom, Seyi Makinde, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu of Benue, Oyo, Enugu, Abia States respectively and Wike himself apart from some other party leaders sympathetic to the camp, PDP governors working for former Vice Atiku Abubakar’s candidacy in the 2023 presidential election attended the event.

  They were Governors Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Diri Duoye (Bayelsa), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa); Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).

  Explaining National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu’s from the event, Deputy National Chairman (North), Umar Damagum who stood in for him, said Ayu’s absence was as a result of ill health.

  In another development, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos yesterday ordered  Labour Party supporters not to converge on Lekki Toll Gate for their #Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally billed to hold on October 1.

  Justice Daniel Osiagor held that the rally procession cannot converge on at the Lekki Toll Gate, but supporters may pass through the venue to Falomo Bridge and other locations.

  Similarly, there are indications that new cracks are developing within All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s nomination of Senator Bola Tinubu and Gov. Kashim Shettima as its presidential candidate and running mate in the 2023 presidential election.

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  An insider said although those behind the latest subterfuge are hiding under the composition of the party’s campaign council in order not to court President Muhammadu Buhari’s ire, their main target is to topple Tinubu and Shetima.

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