JUST IN: PDP Holds Emergency Meeting In The North, Gangs Up Against Governor Wike, Adopts A Serving Governor As Its 2019 Presidential Candidate

By Amako Nneji March 6, 2018 08:03

JUST IN: PDP Holds Emergency Meeting In The North, Gangs Up Against Governor Wike, Adopts A Serving Governor As Its 2019 Presidential Candidate

Emerging report indicates that a group of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors, held a closed-door meeting at the Government House in Gombe State, where they reportedly discussed “the excessive powers” being wielded by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, with a view to checkmating him.

According to Tribune, sources said the meeting which had some PDP Governors and representatives of others in attendance, also witnessed the presence of some members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.

It was gathered that besides discussing how to reclaim the party, the PDP Leaders also discussed the probability of fielding Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, as their Presidential candidate, next year.

Wike and his representative, as well as the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, were conspicuously absent at the meeting, with sources saying the duo deliberately absconded, because they were “the main subjects of discussion.”

Wike was widely reported to have worked for the emergence of Secondus as the PDP National Chairman, and since the December 2017 Convention, he (Wike) had remained “very powerful in the PDP.”

Two party stalwarts, Professors Jerry Gana and Tunde Adeniran, at the weekend, defected to the Social Democratic Party, SDP, citing Wike’s alleged overbearing influence as motivation for their departure.

At the end of the meeting in Gombe, the PDP Leaders only told Journalists that they were not happy with President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged laxity in the fight against the boko haram insurgents, and the poor state of the economy.

Governors present at the meeting included: Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Benedict Ayade (Cross River), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Rear Admiral John Jonah, who represented Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State.

The National Secretary of the party, Umar Tsauri, and the Deputy National Chairman (South), Elder Yomi Akinwumi, were some of the NWC members that attended the meeting.

The PDP had zoned its Presidential ticket to the North, and at present, it had only two serving Governors from the region, Dankwambo, who is serving his second term, and his counterpart in Taraba, Ishaku, who is about three years into his first term.

“The Governors are actually looking inwards”, a source said.

“They want one of their own as a possible Presidential candidate that would challenge President Muhammadu Buhari”, he said.

Another source revealed that soon after the Convention, Governor Wike had been boasting that he handpicked the Executives of the party, and would always have his way.

“He is the one who prompted serious party Leaders to leave recently”, he said.

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