Tinubu vs Peter Obi: Wike To Declare Stand On Who To Back

Governor Nyesom Wike’s close ally, former Senator Olaka Wogu has said the Rivers State Governor would make his intention known at the right time on the presidential candidate he would be supporting in 2023.

Omadaily reports that Wike had met with the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, fueling speculations that he might be making moves to back another candidate other than that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Speaking to The PUNCH, Wogu said, “Wike has said he would openly declare his stand when we get to that point. He had a meeting with his leaders the other time and took a decision to withdraw from the campaign council. It is not unilateral because all the leaders came, spoke at the meeting and the decision was reached. You can’t do this kind of thing by yourself.

“The group has grown beyond him alone. Everybody will sit, people will give their opinions and the decision will be made.”

Housing Allowance

Wogu, a former lawmaker, also lamented the controversy surrounding the N100m housing allowance returned by some National Working Committee members of the PDP.

Recall that some NWC members, including the Deputy National Chairman (South), Taofeek Arapaja; National Woman Leader, Prof Stella Effah-Attoe; and the National Vice Chairman (South-South), Chief Dan Orbih, had returned their housing allowance into the party’s coffers.

Speaking on the controversy, Wogu expressed shock over revelations “coming out of the PDP NWC.

He said: “We have a major election to go to and we must inspire Nigerians and show that we want to get it right. We cannot, like Nero, watch while Rome burns.

“We cannot be on these things while the base of the PDP is being eroded on all fronts. The Labour Party is taking PDP supporters; the NNPP (New Nigeria Peoples Party) is taking PDP’s supporters and we are just wasting our time on these things. If Ayu is good enough for the party, we will reap the reward.

“Nigerians are not fools. What may happen is that people may judge us on those standards and those standards are not good enough for us. Nobody should be able to lead Nigeria with such happenings, no matter how you try to shield it from the public.

“How can we watch our youths speak to us as they are doing through their support for Peter Obi and we still don’t want to listen? We don’t want to hear, we are acting with the same arrogance by which we lost power the other time.”

According to the former lawmaker, the PDP has failed to take advantage of the crisis rocking the APC due to its own internal issues.

He appealed to the PDP leaders to do the ‘needful’ warning that the opposition party cannot go to an election in disunity and expect a positive or desirable outcome.

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