The camp of Governor Nyesom Wike in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially announced its withdrawal from participating in the presidential campaign of the main opposition party for the 2023 presidential elections.
According to Channels Television, the group made its position known after a long meeting which started at about 7pm on Tuesday night and ended by 2 a.m. this morning at the private residence of Governor Wike in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
Members of the group said none of them will participate in whatever capacity in the campaign council unless the National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, resigns for a Southern candidate.
Some members of the group were recently appointed as leaders and members of the campaign council for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Present at this defining gathering at Wike’s residence include Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; former Governors Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Donald Duke of Cross River, Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe and Jonah Jang of Plateau, former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.
Others at the meeting include elder statesmen, Olabode George, Jerry Gana; South-South Chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih; former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche; Senator Suleiman Nazif, Nnenna Ukeje, among several others.