A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu, has claimed that the only problem in the party is caused by someone who lost an election.
Dele Momodu stated this on Thursday during a chat with ARISE TV while reacting to the recent withdrawal of Governor Nyesom Wike’s camp from the PDP campaign council.
NewsWireNGR reports that Wike’s camp on Wednesday announced its withdrawal from participating in the party’s presidential campaign for the 2023 elections.
Members of the group said none of them will participate in whatever capacity in the campaign council unless the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, resigns for a southern candidate.
Some members of the group were recently appointed as leaders and members of the campaign council for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Present at the defining gathering at Wike’s residence in Port Harcourt includes Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; former Governors Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Donald Duke of Cross River, Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe and Jonah Jang of Plateau, former Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.
The PDP has been in turmoil since May when former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was elected as the party’s presidential candidate.
Wike, whom many thought would be chosen as the party’s vice-presidential candidate, was ignored by Atiku, who picked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.
Reacting to the development, Momodu in the Arise TV interview appealed to Wike and his allies while noting it is within their rights to leave the party.
He said, “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.
“If their decision is to throw their support behind a candidate of another party, it is fine. But honestly, this is 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.”
“The long and short of it is that we have crisis, and to solve the crisis, we should appeal to those who truly love the party to support the party, to work for the success of the party.
“The APC is also battling with their Muslim-Muslim ticket conundrum with no solution to that. Ours is just one major man in our party who lost an election,” he said.