Atiku’s Spokesperson Reveals How Wike Influenced Peter Obi’s Exit from PDP

Paul Ibe, the spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has claimed that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, played a significant role in the exit of Peter Obi from the PDP.
According to Ibe, Obi’s decision to leave the PDP for the Labour Party (LP) was influenced by Wike’s actions during the lead-up to the 2023 presidential election.
In an interview on the Mic On podcast with Nigerian journalist Seun Okinbaloye, Ibe revealed that Atiku was initially open to zoning the PDP presidential ticket to the Southeast.
However, Wike allegedly opposed this move, insisting that the ticket should be zoned to the Southern region as a whole, rather than specifically to the Southeast.
Ibe stated that this decision was driven by Wike’s personal interest in securing the ticket for himself, which ultimately led to Peter Obi’s departure from the PDP.
Despite the party’s internal disputes, the PDP had been aiming to present a united front in the 2023 election, with both Atiku and Obi as prominent figures within the party.
Since the PDP and Labour Party lost the 2023 election to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the leading opposition has yet to resolve its internal crisis.
The fallout from the election has left the PDP and its members divided, with some members, including Peter Obi, choosing to leave the party in pursuit of other political opportunities.
As the PDP continues to navigate its internal issues and the aftermath of the 2023 election, the revelations made by Paul Ibe shed light on the complex dynamics and power struggles within the party that may have contributed to the current state of affairs.
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