River State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike’s ambition to float a joint ticket on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, with his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal, is almost being realised, according to one of his senior aides.
Speaking exclusively with SPY NIGERIA on Saturday in Abuja, the aide who pleaded not to be named hinted that, with the exit of Mr Uche Secondus as Chairman and emergence of Mr Iyorchia Ayu as consensus candidate for chairman, which would be affirmed at the party’s National Convention on October 30, Wike’s strategic planning is said to in full swing.
While it may be early days yet, the aide pointed out that the likelihood of the All Progressives Congress, APC, throwing its Presidential ticket to the South would be countered by the PDP.
“PDP would check what APC would do; it’s going to be a chess game henceforth. It’s getting clearer that APC would zone its presidential slot to the South and most certainly the South West would produce the candidate.
“But that would not be the same with PDP. APC did all it could to seize power in 2015, why would the PDP not do the same in 2023? You asked if that would be justice, and I said yes.”
On how the plan is unfolding, he said, the reason Mr Ayu’s bid sailed through peacefully was because the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Tambuwal, alongside Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, who’s a good friend of Wike, supported Wike and in fact suggested Ayu to Wike.
“After the suggestion, the governor told Mr Tambuwal, who bought into the idea. The Sokoto Governor quickly informed his Bauchi counterpart, who had started sponsoring his candidate.
“Once these governors saw Mr Ayu as the best among all, it became easy. Remember, former Senate President, Mr Saraki is a close political ally of Mr Wike too.
“What would happen during the convention is to affirm Ayu and everything is in motion. A rancour free National Convention would create a good image for the PDP. It would bring oneness and togetherness that’s why you see zones are carefully going for consensus candidates ahead of the October 30 National Convention.
“It’s now serious business. There’s a realisation that certain things need to change for PDP to regain power. We are beginning to see that,” he opined.
Reacting to the development, an ex-PDP Director of New Media, Deji Adeyanju told THE WHISTLER that, the political development requires patience as a lot of lobbying and negotiation would be seen especially as the election season is still far away.
“The picture would become clearer when the primaries of these political parties are concluded. So to me, it’s too early days yet.
“You can see what is happening at the (Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State Governor) Tinubu’s camp. So let’s wait and see.”
Tambuwal, who’s being lined up has been speaking on the type of leadership the country needs.
Playing host to the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev, Ayokunle Samson Olasupo, on Friday, Tambuwal said, “The leadership of the country is mutually complementary as Nigeria belongs to every Nigerian, and no one will send anyone out of the country, hence the need to remain together for the betterment of the country.
“The kind of leadership the country needs is one that will understand the issues of diversities and is inclusive in its approach to governance, without tribal or religious sentiments.