Wike, not Atiku, frustrated Peter Obi out of PDP, says Atiku's aide

2024-05-12 18:23:30

Nigerian Observer

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, was instrumental in the exit of Peter Obi from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 election, not the party's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, according to Atiku's spokesperson, Paul Ibe.

Ibe, in an interview on Seun Okinbaloye's Mic On podcast, said Atiku wanted the PDP to zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the Southeast but Wike worked against it.

Obi was the vice presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election but dumped the party for the Labour Party (LP) ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

He later became a force in the last general election, securing over six million votes.

Since the PDP and LP lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election, the leading opposition party has yet to resolve its internal crisis.

However, Ibe said Atiku was ready to zone the PDP presidential ticket to the Southeast.

"Atiku did not force Peter Obi out of the party, Wike was instrumental in the exit of Obi because Wike had promoted the zoning of the presidency to the South," Ibe said.

"Atiku Abubakar had said that he was prepared to get himself off the ticket if the party zoned the ticket to the Southeast.

"Wike frustrated that effort because he believed that if it was zoned to the South, not the Southeast, he would be in the best position to be able to get the ticket," he said.

2024-05-12 News