The fragile status of the peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) is further being threatened following emerging interests ahead of the party’s Sunday Presidential primary election due for Port Harcourt.
The page reliably gathered that, even though the party is bedeviled with sundry negativities, chief among them however, is the alleged enmity between the Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson and his Rivers counterpart, Nyesom Wike.
Party sources informed that while the Rivers state Governor is believed to be behind the aspiration of the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, majority of the remaining PDP governors are routing for former vice-president Atiku Abubarkar.
It was gathered that Wike’s underground mobilisation and strategy for his Sokoto counterpart to emerge as the PDP Presidential candidate blew into the open following Wike’s insistence that the election must hold in Port Harcourt or the party prepare for the worse from Rivers state.
Dependable sources within the party mentioned to Thepage that even though influential personalities within the party deliberately refused to give open support to any particular candidate so as to prevent a backlash against the party’s fragility, the Bayelsa state governor, however, allegedly speaking the mind of his peers backing Atiku , on Thursday openly told delegates to the primary from his state that there preference is for the aspirant with an agenda to restructure the country to favour the Niger Delta.
He said the delegates and indeed the Ijaw Nation will vote en bloc for a candidate that displays the courage to restructure the country at the Sunday election.
At the meeting which he held with leaders and stakeholders of the party in Government House, Yenagoa, Dickson said the entire Ijaw nation would only vote for a candidate that was ready to promote national integration and mutual respect for all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religious leanings, insisting that the deprived Ijaw nation would only support and work with a candidate who would give the people equal opportunities and stake in the oil and gas industry.
“Why I have assembled you all is about the position that we will all take as a state and the entire Ijaw nation. All the delegates will vote at the PDP Presidential Convention in one direction and as a bloc. No one delegate’s vote will be lost because the 2019 general election is a very serious election for our people.” Dickson had declared.
His open declaration on Thursday, close watchers insist, is his own way of reacting to Wike’s clandestine moves to ensure Tambuwal clinches the presidential ticket.
“We all know who has been singing the restructuring song among the aspirants. Even before he defected to the PDP from the APC, Atiku had been canvassing for the country to be restructured.
” I think Wike got wind of the criteria the South South delegates would use to vote even before the Dickson outburst, that is why for sometime now, Tambuwal too has been talking about restructuring.
“But I know Port Harcourt will be very hot this weekend because the issue has become a superiority battle between Dickson and Wike and they both have those queuing behind them among the party leaders and I can tell you authoritatively, that we are going to the convention already divided and the outcome of Sunday’ event if not well managed may nail the party’s coffin” revealed a party source.
By: Femi Adepoju