Atiku, Wike, Makinde, others in leadership battle for control of PDP

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, and the Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, are set to battle it out for the reins of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the competition in the party keeps getting keener.

It has been learned that Makinde and Wike were initially supporting former governor of Osun State, Col. Olagunsoye Oyinlola (rtd) as the next national chairman of the party before their partnership broke apart.

Atiku Abubakar and Makinde have also chosen the former governorship candidate of the party in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) as their favourite while Wike has also declared his support for the Deputy Vice Chairman of the party in the South-south, Mr. Dan Orbih.

Meanwhile, the PDP has reacted to Governor Umahi as he recently mocked the PDP in the Southern Governors’ Forum for not being able to produce the next president from the PDP’s South East zone.

Director-General of the PDP Governors Forum, Hon. Cyril Maduabum issued a statement as he dealt with the statement of Umahi.

the statement read: “Governor Umahi left PDP for APC, according to him, because of the love he has for President Buhari, among other flimsy reasons, irrespective of the maladministration and daily incidents of destruction of lives and properties currently going on in Ebonyi State and the entire country under the watch of APC.

“Governor Umahi sabotaged the PDP in 2019 elections in his quest to deliver 25 per cent to his APC benefactors. It took the determined resistance of Ebonyi State people to checkmate him. It was good riddance that he subsequently left PDP for APC instead of continuing his role as an APC mole,”