2023: Why Wike, Ortom, Others Cannot Work Against Atiku – Ex-PDP scribe

Wale Oladapo, a professor and former national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, has said it is impossible for the five aggrieved governors belonging to the party to work against presidential candidate Abubakar Atiku in the 2023 general election.

The governors are Nyesom Wike (Rivers state), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ifeanyi Ugwayin, (Enugu), and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).

Oladapo, in an interview, said that the aggrieved governors are conditioned to support Atiku because they or their candidates are equally on the ballot under the PDP.

“Governors Ortom, Ikpeazu and Ugwuanyi are senatorial candidates of our party. Makinde is contesting for a second term on the platform of the PDP, while Governor Wike has preferred party candidates for the governorship and other seats in Rivers State.

“The presidential and National Assembly elections will take place on the same day (February 25), time and venue, if you understand what I mean,” Oladapo stated.

When told the affected governors could still withhold support for Atiku, Oladapo said they would be undermining their political interests in such circumstance.

“You mean if they work against themselves? You mean someone like Governor Ortom could refuse to vote for himself or ask people to vote for another party?

“Nobody’s picture will feature on the ballot paper. It is the party’s logo and it is one party. You can’t cut your nose to spite your face. They are not the first set of people to be aggrieved.”

TheCornet reports that Oladapo’s exposition may as well be the reason Atiku continues to snub the demand by the aggrieved governors for the party national chairman Iyorchia Ayu’s sack.


*Oladapo spoke to PUNCH

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