are emerging reports that eleven (11) Governors on the platform of the
opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by the Rivers State
Governor, Nyesom Wike, are scheming to endorse a former Kaduna State
Governor, Ahmed Makarfi, as the party’s 2019 Presidential candidate.
was learnt that the essence of the ‘unity list’ in the just concluded
National Convention, was to have a ‘comprehensive team’ of loyalists
that would work for certain interests ahead of the 2019 general
said a few month ago, that the PDP Governors led by Nyesom Wike, had
decided to have absolute control of the party, ahead of 2019.
To this effect, they allegedly agreed to work assiduously for the emergence Ahmed Makarfi as their Presidential candidate.
is despite the fact that there are other Presidential aspirants from
the North, notably ex-Governors, Sule Lamido, Ibrahim Shekarau, and
lately, ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
‘unity list’ is said to be the Governors “main instrument” of taming
the increasing influence of ex-Military President, Ibrahim Babangida,
and former President, Goodluck Jonathan, who are all working to see that
Atiku has a leeway at the party’s Presidential primaries, next year.
hinged their argument on the grounds that Atiku already had an
elaborate template and the financial means to give the ruling All
Progressives Congress, APC, and its candidate, probably President
Muhammadu Buhari, a run for their money.
was further learnt that the return of Atiku to the PDP lately, did not
help matters on Saturday, at a time when the PDP Governors had gone far
in influencing the delegates.
‘unity list’ had Prince Uche Secondus from Rivers State in the
South-South as National Chairman, while the Deputy National Chairman
(South), has been earmarked for Elder Yemi Akinwonmi from Ogun State in
the South-West, among others.
efforts by PDP Leaders from the South-West, including the last minute
support from the likes of ex-Presidents Jonathan and Babangida, as well
as Atiku, did not yield fruits in tackling the scheming of the
Governors, credible sources at the Convention venue said.
added that the PDP Governors, after “intensive persuasion” by Governor
Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, agreed to support Secondus, by asking
delegates from their States to back him.
A source stated that up until Friday, few of the Governors were reluctant, but had to “cave into the arrangement made by Wike”.
PDP Governors allegedly include: Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Udom Gabriel
Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Henry Dickson (Bayelsa), Benedict Ayade (Cross
River), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State), and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi).
are: Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Ibrahim Hassan
Dankwambo (Gombe), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), and Darius Ishaku (Taraba).
said Wike had spent a fortune in the last few months to prepare grounds
for the emergence of Secondus; and that he spent this much, because
initially, some of the PDP Governors were not in support of Secondus,
but he convinced them that he only needed their verbal approval.
“He said he will foot the bill”, the source said.
some of the Governors wanted someone from the South-West to get the
Chairmanship, but Wike was relentless until he succeeds”, the source
Adeniran is from Ekiti State, which is also under the PDP, credible
sources noted that Governor Fayose, whose tenure ends in 2018, wants to
become the party’s Vice Presidential candidate, and would therefore, not
support a Chairmanship candidate from his State.
fact is Fayose is also at cross-purpose with Wike, because the two of
them want to become Vice President”, another source revealed.
besides “convincing” the PDP Governors to do his bidding, Wike in his
statement, derogatorily showed that the South-West will not take their
party to the Promised Land, even if they got the Chairmanship position,
because of PDP’s weakness in the region.
have analysed the scenario. I have analysed the delegates spread of
each State. There is no way that Prince Uche Secondus will not coast to
victory by over 90 percent of delegates votes.
“I am talking because I am on the campaign team of Prince Uche Secondus, and I am a delegate”, the Governor said.
has never said anything negative against any other candidate. He has
remained focused on his campaign. He has no existing problems with the
EFCC, contrary to petitions against him.
who believes that he will win, will not resort to writing petitions
before the Convention. All reports in the media against Secondus, are
planted and false”, Wike said.
Gov. Wike equally noted the party’s failure in the South-West, as a factor in his decision to back Secondus.
Chairmanship in the South-West will not change the fortunes of the PDP;
even when the President (Olusegun Obasanjo), hailed from the
South-West, the fortunes of the party did not improve in terms of votes
in that zone.
zone is prone to incessant crisis, as can be seen. Any candidate who
emerges from the South-West, will lead to the further crisis from other
factions from that zone”, he said.