Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu, believes Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike’s exit from the party will be a “political suicide” for him and his allies.
Making this disclosure while appearing on Arise TV on Thursday, Momodu while acknowledging that, Wike has the right to exit the party if he wants, said that the decision will not favour the Rivers governor.
“I want to publicly appeal to them again. If they decide to go, it’s within their rights. Nobody can stop any grown man from making a decision,” Momodu said.
“If their decision is to throw their support behind a candidate of another party, it is fine. But honestly, this my opinion, it will be political suicide. That’s the truth because they have so much at stake.
“Will Governor Seyi Makinde [of Oyo state] say ‘during the presidential election, don’t vote for PDP; during the governorship, vote for me.’ It does not work that way.”
Since Atiku Abubakar was chosen as the PDP’s presidential candidate in May, the party has been in disarray.
Many expected that Wike would be selected as the party’s vice-presidential candidate, but Atiku chose Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of the Delta, as his running mate instead.
Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo, Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue, and Jerry Gana, the former minister of communication, are among the Rivers governor’s loyalists who are adamant that Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, must step down in order for there to be peace in the party.
Wike’s allies declared on Wednesday that they would not support the PDP’s presidential campaign unless the party’s national chairman was ousted.