Daniel Bwala, the spokesperson for the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), feels that Governor Nyesom Wike’s lack of support would not hinder the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) prospects of winning the election next year.
Since the presidential primaries, Governor Wike and his friends, often known as the G5, have been at odds with the leadership of the major opposition party. The former minister lost the election to Atiku Abubakar but alleges the poll was not fair and demands the resignation of the national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu. In addition, the organization has withdrawn from the party’s presidential campaign, claiming that Atiku and the PDP’s leader are from the same area of the nation.
Bwala, though, has dismissed the decision, stating that the party is prepared to win the presidential election next year.
“Our party is poised to win the election. Wike’s non-participation would affect a little bit of the margin. So, if we are supposed to win with nine million votes or eight million votes, that may reduce to six million votes or something like that,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.
“But this victory is destined by God and I can tell you that there can be conspiracy and collaboration or anything. We know the Electoral Amendment Act and what it brings. We saw it in Osun where some members of our party even worked against the party in that state.
“But what happened? The ‘Dancing Senator’ (Ademola Adeleke) danced his way to victory because the people spoke and their voices were held. This is how we are going to be looking at this election because the bigger picture is what we are looking at. Have you not seen the multi-dimensional poverty index?”
Bwala further said that the Governor of Rivers State “chased” Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi, Governor Dave Umahi, and others out of the PDP. In spite of the party’s internal issue, he insisted that Atiku remains devoted to unifying Nigeria.