Naija News reports that the turbulence in the party began after its presidential primaries which produced Atiku Abubakar as the party’s flag bearer.
After Atiku chose Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate,/ things took a turn for the worse and Rivers state governor, Nyesome Wike who was a contender for the presidential candidacy demanded that the party’s chairman, Iyorchia Ayu resign from his position for peace to reign in the party.
Wike also said that Ayu promised to resign if a northerner emerged as the presidential candidate of the party but failed to keep his promise.
On Wednesday, after a stormy meeting in Port Harcourt, members of the Wike Group pulled out of the Atiku Presidential Campaign activities insisting that Ayu must leave his position.
In a media meeting on Friday, Wike proceeded to make various allegations against Atiku and Ayu, spilling various secrets and washing the party’s dirty linen in public.
Reacting to the turbulence, Director, Media and Publicity APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga said that the presidential ambition of Atiku has come to an end.
He wrote, “Once again, another bid for the presidency of our country by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar is slipping away. This is unraveling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for electioneering campaign. His party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in disarray. The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri what with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls.”
Onanuga berated Atiku for refusing to honour the zoning principle, adding that he is now faced with karma.
He stated that the war in the party which is the effect of a fight to finish battle from the faction of Wike has killed any momentum Atiku has built ahead of the election.
He argued that members within the party have already lost confidence in the PDP which he said is already on the brink of disappearing from the political scene.
“A pillar of Atiku’s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist. That bogus claim has now been discredited, even within his party as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity.
“Instead of the perennially running and perennially failing candidate to offer them some sop, he has rebuffed them, pleading that he could not grant their request for justice.
“Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members, who cannot forge an entente among them, cannot be expected to unify our country. Instead of being a unifier, Atiku is now a divider-in-chief, he added.
The APC stalwart condemned the PDP flagbearer’s campaign program, insisting that all he was proposing has already being implemented by the APC.
Speaking further, Onanuga stated that Atiku brought the crisis upon himself by pushing the narrative that only northern candidate can win the presidency for his party, despite the open record that southerners, when they network with their northern compatriots can also win the election.
In conclusion, he wrote, “Former leaders, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan demonstrated this in 1999, 2003 and 2011.
“As a campaign, we can only pity former Vice President Atiku for the self-inflicted injury he invited unto himself. Chinua Achebe, the very accomplished novelist in one of his classics, Arrow of God, wrote that a man who brought ant-infested faggots into the homestead should not grumble when lizards begin to pay him a visit.
“Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye.”