Major stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in alliance with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike have officially pulled out of the presidential campaign of the party for the 2023 general elections.
The Wike’s camp officially announced its withdrawal after a long meeting which started Tuesday night and elapsing in the wee hours of Wednesday at the private residence of Wike in Port Harcourt.
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.
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.