The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), according to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, owes Nigerians an explanation and an apology after Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate, made some fairly contentious remarks.
On Sunday in Kaduna, Atiku argued that the north does not require Yoruba or Igbo candidates for the presidency, adding that only he deserves the coveted position.
“I know the whole of this country. I have built bridges across this country. I think what the average northerner needs is somebody who is from the north, who also understands the other parts of Nigeria, and who has been able to build bridges across the rest of the country.
“This is what the northerner needs. He (the northerner) doesn’t need a Yoruba candidate or an Igbo candidate. This is what the northerner needs. I stand before you as a pan-Nigerian of northern origin,” Atiku opined.
In response to the remarks that have sparked intense debate across the nation, Governor Wike stated that while he doubts Atiku could have made such a sensational statement at such a pivotal moment in the history of the country, such a stance would support his fight for equity, justice, and fairness in the PDP.
He asserts that the party must immediately address the problem and make an appeal to Nigerians lest the populace stops supporting the PDP and start to perceive it as a party where justice and equity are scarce.
In addition, Governor Wike questioned Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, about how he would respond to accusations of corruption brought against him, and he denounced as absurd the board of trustees’ suggestions to the PDP crisis.
A few events have recently threatened the peace inside the Peoples Democratic Party.
The National Chairman’s defence against Governor Wike’s accusations of corruption, the Board of Trustees’ recommendations regarding the leadership crisis, and a statement attributed to the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar about the North not needing the Yoruba or Igbo candidates were the most notable of the recent incidents.
Wike has previously stated that if the PDP were to win the 2023 presidential election, the national leadership must act morally.