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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Atiku’s Campaign Crisis; Obasanjo, Tambuwal Others Intervene



Former President Obasanjo and the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, have agreed to intervene in the crisis rocking the PDP Presidential Campaign Council.

Punch learnt on Saturday that the two men would engage different stakeholders who felt agreed following the composition of the party’s presidential campaign council.
Recall that the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, on Thursday in Abuja, inaugurated the party’s presidential campaign council.
The event was attended by different stakeholders in the party, including Atiku.
However, one of our correspondents gathered that some members of the party considered critical to its success in the February presidential election had expressed reservations about the running of the campaigns.
One of them was the Governor of Rivers, Chief Nyesom Wike, who is the party’s South-South zonal coordinator for the campaign.
Wike, who supported Tambuwal during the presidential primary, had claimed that he was being sidelined in the campaign council.
He was said to have threatened to resign his position as the zonal coordinator for the presidential campaign.
However, it was gathered that the national leadership of the party and Atiku had spoken with the governor to rescind the decision.
As a follow-up, the party and Atiku were said to have asked Tambuwal to visit Wike and convince him on the need to work together with the party for the general elections.
The source said that Obasanjo would also speak with some other aggrieved members of the party, especially from the North.
Obasanjo, it was gathered, had agreed to meet with the aggrieved persons in Abuja this week.
When asked for comment on the matter, Secondus told one of our correspondents that the party remained united and that “all is well with us.”
He added,
“We conducted the best transparent presidential and other primaries without acrimony. So, whatever is happening now will be resolved.”
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