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2019: PDP chieftains negotiated with Buhari to win re-election, Wike alleges

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh (Abuja) and Ann Godwin (Port Harcourt)
07 September 2022   |   4:05 am
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of negotiating with President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

PDP considers Oyinlola, Ugwuanyi, Tambuwal as presidential campaign council DG

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of negotiating with President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Wike alleged that some PDP chieftains assisted Buhari in being re-elected. He disclosed this during the commissioning of the Rivers State University campus in Etche, Rivers State, on Tuesday.

The governor, who did not disclose names of the chieftains, said he was approached to join the negotiation, but he refused.

According to Wike, “when they were going to negotiate with President Buhari in 2019, they came to me and I said no; no negotiation; PDP must win.

“That was why President Buhari won the election. Those of them who made sure PDP never survived since 2015, I see them today opening their mouths.

“Since you are a Rivers man, you don’t need to be intimidated by anybody. Some people told me ‘be careful, they will kill you.’ Who told you that you would not die first before you come for me?”

The governor further declared that votes from the state, in the 2023 general elections, will not go for free, but would be put where a concrete reward is guaranteed for the state, adding that he will courageously negotiate for what is befitting to its status and will not settle for crumbs nor give its votes for nothing.

MEANWHILE, former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal have made the list of those being considered as Director General of PDP’s Presidential Campaign Council. It was learnt yesterday that the party’s leadership has equally given six slots to each of its 13 governors in the campaign council.

Similarly, the party, ahead of its National Executive Committee (NEC) tomorrow, has resolved to appoint a DG in all the states for the presidential campaign council.

A source at the national secretariat of the party told The Guardian that Wike’s camp would be given the opportunity to nominate a person for the DG position.

“But if the Wike’s camp fails to nominate, the party will have no other choice but to proceed to nominate any other person to that position,” the source said.

It was also learnt that the issue of balancing appointments to the council is being given serious consideration.

A member of the party’s NEC disclosed that the issue of balance was why many are opposed to the consideration of Tambuwal as DG. In his place, Oyinlola is being considered by party leaders close to the presidential candidate.