The danger by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to resign as a result of the South South Coordinator of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council has, as quickly as as soon as extra dropped on the fore, pains nonetheless stemming from unhealed wounds inside the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In actuality, had Wike not been pacified to once more down from his deliberate resignation by very important stakeholders contained in the event, along with former President Goodluck Jonathan, the event’s plans of reclaiming the Presidency, which it misplaced to the All Progressives Congress (APC) would have acquired a jolt of seismic proportions.
In the build-up to the event’s presidential main, a sturdy weblog contained in the event had plotted to relocate the convention venue from Port Harcourt to elsewhere inside the South South, due to Wike’s perceived help for Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
Pronto, the governor vehemently warned that there might be penalties if the PDP succumbs to pressures from some undisclosed presidential aspirants to maneuver the convention away from Port Harcourt.
He further threatened that Rivers State delegates would educate the event a bitter lesson if it allowed decided presidential aspirants to scuttle the web internet hosting of the primary in Port Harcourt.
“Let me warn the party, if you dare, Rivers State will teach the party a lesson. Those days have passed when they took Rivers State for granted. Nobody can use and dump Rivers State. No presidential aspirant can use and dump Rivers State. We never lobbied for it; we never asked for it; but it will boost the economy of the state, and people will make money. Those who are against Rivers people making money to improve their businesses will not get our support.”
Because the event did not have the luxurious of time, very important stakeholders waded in swiftly to douse the stress, which the governor’s outburst generated.
Wike’s help for Tambuwal moreover fuelled speculation that he’s maybe nurturing a vice presidential ambition, as he had earlier claimed that some presidential aspirants who sought his help had provided him the place of Vice President within the midst of political consultations, which he acknowledged he declined.
“There are aspirants who have promised me the position of the Vice President, but I said I will not seek the position. Not even in the dream will I seek that position at this point. I am a first term governor and the National Chairman of the PDP is from my State and the South South. These are mere allegations (angling for the Vice President) because you know that people can carry rumour. But everything that I will do will be in the interest of Rivers State. Nobody can use Rivers State as a tool. They did that in the past, but not anymore.”
Amid the intrigues, Wike had his methodology as a result of the PDP presidential main lastly held in Port Harcourt. However, Wike, who had overtly and covertly thrown his political weight behind Tambuwal, could not thwart the formidable political tools of Atiku, who lastly gained the keenly contested presidential main.
The Guardian gathered that whereas the deep cut back inflicted on Wike all through the most important nonetheless festers, some strategic appointments made into the PDP nationwide advertising marketing campaign council have moreover not gone down properly with the governor and his supporters who actually really feel that positive forces contained in the event have been methodically crafting a model new political hegemony.
A provide contained in the event knowledgeable The Guardian that Wike felt marginalised, belittled and undermined by Atiku’s coterie, who have not been taking his supporters views into consideration, whereas formulating plans for the event’s future, notably as a result of it issues the forthcoming regular elections.
According to him, Wike felt he was dropping his potential to have an effect on the course of points inside the event.
It was moreover gathered that sooner than Wike voiced out his grievances to some event members, he had reckoned that the event was step-by-step turning out of gear and giving a lot much less recognition to him and others, who had labored tirelessly to ship the event once more from the brink; and nonetheless working with comparable zeal to retake vitality from the ruling APC.
However, sooner than Wike would possibly formally tender his resignation as zonal coordinator, an emergency meeting held between him and prime leaders of the event, along with Jonathan, in an effort to forestall friction contained in the event that may precipitate PDP’s lack of Rivers State in 2019.
“The issues are largely political and several persons had intervened to douse tension. He did not resign formally; he just said he was not doing the job again because he thinks they were not treating him and Tambuwal right. But Tambuwal, who is the Coordinator of North West, was the first to mount pressure on him to rescind the decision at this point. Obviously, he has some unresolved grievances that require him to sit down and discuss with leadership of the party for amicable resolutions to be reached,” a provide inside the event acknowledged.
A provide in Atiku’s camp, knowledgeable The Guardian that the PDP presidential candidate himself met privately with Wike all in a bid to deal with the battle and cease it from creating rigidity and instability contained in the event solely weeks to the general elections.
“I must say that it was extremely important that the national leadership of the PDP, including President Jonathan, got involved and resolved the issues at stake. Atiku met with him because he has to. Everybody is important in this business. The issue is that at least they discussed. They met with Tambuwal too and even President Goodluck Jonathan met with him,” he acknowledged.
A political analyst, Ross Alabo George, observed that when politicians actually really feel aggrieved typically, the typically resort to threats to energy consideration.
According to him, Wike has effectively deployed this system in his political exploits, stressing that Atiku’s group couldn’t have reached out to a lot of the South East and South South governors appropriately.
He acknowledged that Atiku group is made up of very expert and seasoned politicians and they also have principally tried to run the system using their big experience, with out giving due recognition to Wike and others.
“Wike had administration over the event, nevertheless now the Atiku development seems to have taken over and I really feel Wike won’t be glad.
But I really feel Wike understands the implications of pulling out from the Atiku development completely. I don’t suppose he’ll do this. I really feel what he has accomplished is to energy them to the desk. He needs the event on account of the people that may once more him when points begin to go mistaken in Rivers State are there. Of course, there is a plan to rig the election in Rivers State. The people that may battle for him when security firms barricade his house; when his movement shall be restricted are inside the event. He will need the voices of these seasoned politicians nationwide to speak for him. He needs the event’s development throughout the nation; he needs the contact that the event has and so forth,” he acknowledged.
George insists that Wike could not really try to defy and refuse to tow the event’s line at this stage, notably as a result of the important 2019 regular election attracts near, together with that every Wike and the event desperately need each other at this stage.
Another political observer, Robinson Sibe acknowledged the reality that every Atiku’s group and Wike’s supporters have not come out to refute the declare that the governor had threatened to resign is an indication of some unresolved factors.
He moreover reckoned that it might be politically unwise to sow a seed of discord contained in the event ahead of the 2019 regular elections.
“Both parties need each other parties seriously right now because you need national coverage from your party, and party structure to guide you and see you through, especially if the opposition wants to rig you out. But I believe that what is happening is a move to draw attention to his grievances as somebody who was relatively in charge of the party, and suddenly things began to slip away from him. It is possible that this is his line of thinking. It is also possible that his people are being victimised, just as it is possible that the people who are supporting him are not carried along in terms of appointments into the campaign council. There were very strong sentiments that characterised the party primary and I thought they would find ways to kill those sentiments.,” he acknowledged.
Meanwhile, a pro-Wike group, the Grassroots Development Initiatives (GDI) has declared its readiness to carry out door-to-door advertising marketing campaign to influence the residents to see the reason why it must vote for every Atiku as President, and for Governor Wike.