Five governors who were elected on the PDP platform avoided the event, according to DAILY POST, despite the attendance of nearly all national party stakeholders.
The governors of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike; Benue State, Samuel Ortom; Oyo State, Seyi Makinde; Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu; and Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, were noticeably absent from the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar’s campaign flag-off.
The crisis engulfing the main opposition party amid demands for the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, may not be unrelated to their absence.
Recall that Wike and his supporters have been engaged in a confrontation with the former vice president and Ayu since the party’s presidential primary contest, which resulted in Atiku being chosen as its standard bearer.
Wike had asked that he and other governors who supported him campaign against Atiku in the next election until Ayu surrendered his position as the party’s chairman to make room for a southerner.
Aminu Tambawal, the governor of Sokoto State, and the governor of Adamawa State are among the PDP governors that attended the rally at the Nest of Champions International Stadium in Uyo. Alh Ahmadu Fintri, Ishaku Darius of Taraba State, and Udom Emmanuel, the governor of the host nation.
Others are Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Adamu Mohammed of Bauchi State, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and Douye Diri of Bayelsa State.
According to DAILY POST, several still and moving images from the occasion, which showed a sizable crowd of supporters at the campaign rally, are presently going viral on social media.
Despite Atiku being a Northerner, Mr. Micheal Okpowu, a PDP member, expressed disbelief that so many people attended the event when he talked to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.
“I have been stating that the general election in 2023 will go beyond tribe and area,” he said. Our eyes should be opened by the size of the crowd at today’s demonstration in Uyo.
This is the way politics ought to be. That someone like Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, can visit Adamawa and be welcomed by supporters of his goals despite disparities in religion and ethnicity.
The majority of the attendees, according to social media influencer Kenny D, were paid by the party to give the idea that Nigerians favor Atiku, therefore he claimed that the gathering was hired.
“You will be able to distinguish between individuals who joined in a rally voluntarily and those who did so for financial gain. They were all come to receive a portion of Atiku’s money.
“Supporters of other candidates go to rallies to obtain money from their candidates,” he told DAILY POST. “The Obidients are spending their own money to arrange demonstrations for Peter Obi.
In response to Wike and the other governors’ absence, another respondent, Mr. Kolawole Akinwumi, a fervent Atiku fan, stated the Rivers governor will be shamed in 2023.
Nobody any longer discusses Wike, he declared. We can very plainly see that Atiku has moved on. Wike believed he would bring Atiku to his knees, but God is on his side.
“We all knew he was furious, but he took things beyond far. He presented himself as a deity that required devotion. Such individuals are quickly forgotten.