Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and his supporters have pulled out of the campaign council of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate.
Wike and his camp are aggrieved over the refusal of the party to remove Iyorchia Ayu from the position of the national chairman of the party.
Rising from a meeting in Port Harcourt early Wednesday morning, members of the team insisted that until Ayu resigns, they won’t be part of the campaign for Atiku’s emergence.
Members of the group said they won’t participate in whatever capacity in the campaign council unless the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, resigns for a southern candidate.
Wike and others were recently appointed members of the campaign council. Prior to this development, they had not accepted nor rejected the appointment.
Present at meeting which held at Wike’s residence in Port Harcourt were 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.
Others at the meeting are elder statesmen, Olabode George, Jerry Gana; South-South Chairman of the PDP, Dan Orbih; former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche; Senator Suleiman Nazif, Nnenna Ukeje, among several others.
After over seven hours of private meeting from 7pm on Tuesday, September 20 to past 2am on Wednesday September 21, they gathered to brief journalists on the outcome, with George disclosing their position.
Meanwhile, campaign officially commences on September 28.