The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and other leaders of the party has appointed Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike into the 2023 Presidential Election Campaign Council of the party.
However, Wike was not given any juicy or influential position in the council.
While Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, was appointed as Director General of the council, Wike who has been demanding the resignation of the National Chairman Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, is just a member of the council.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state was appointed as the Chairman Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
Others are Governor Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) PCC Vice Chairman North and Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Vice Chairman South.
Among members of the 326-member Campaign Team are Senator Liyel Imoke, Deputy Director General operations, Prof Adewale Oladipo, Deputy Director General Administration, Chief Raymond Dokpehsi, Deputy Director General Technical and Systems and Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, Deputy Director General Research and Strategy.
The list consists of the names of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, serving as well as former State Governors of the party, former Ministers who are still members of the PDP, and members of the Board of Trustees among others.
Senators David Mark, Bukola Saraki, Pius Ayim; former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu also made the list.
All the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors are also members of the committee.
According to the National Organizing Secretary of the party, Umar Mohammed Bature, all the members will be inaugurated on September 28, 2022.
However, the spotlight is now on what will be the reaction of Wike who missed out on the presidential and vice-presidential slots of the PDP and is now appointed as just a member of the presidential council, a position he got because he is a governor on the platform of the party.
Wike had been at loggerheads with Atiku. The Rivers governor wants Ayu gone.
According to the governor, after the PDP Presidential Primary election, Atiku told him Ayu must go because a party can not have both presidential candidate and National Chairman from the North.
With Ayu yet to resign, Wike claims he can no longer trust Atiku and Ayu who have failed to do as they said.
According to him, if PDP cannot restructure itself, it can not restructure Nigeria come 2023.