2023: Ortom, Makinde, Others May Dump Wike’s Camp, Set To Support Atiku

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The Governors who are reportedly loyal to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike are reportedly growing tired of the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and may back the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.

VANTAGE NEWS reports that a source close to one of the governors of Oyo, Benue and Abia; Seyi Makinde, Samuel Ortom, and Okezie Ikpeazu revealed that they have decided that supporting Atiku to win the 2023 presidential election remained their best option.

The source told Sunday Sun that Governor Ortom is particularly not comfortable with Wike’s insistence that the PDP National Chairman, Ayu, should go.

According to the source, Ortom who was initially not happy with Ayu had to succumb to the pressure from major stakeholders to support the party boss who is from his state, Benue.

It was also learnt that supporters of the Oyo State governor who are angry are already mounting pressure on him to abandon Wike to secure his second term bid.

A source said that “Makinde has more stake in PDP as he will still go for his second term. You cannot fight forever. Major stakeholders in Oyo are asking what is in this fight for us.”

“Wike is engaging in anti-party activities. If he wants to defect to another party, he is very free to do so. He is not the only person that has lost a primary election. Why is Amaechi who also invested so much in APC not taking the same route?” the source queried.

However, the Special Adviser to Ortom on Media and Publicity, Tervez Arkezev, described the story as claiming his principal will dump Wike as a lie.

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He said the Benue State Governor’s position on the seeming battle between Atiku and Wike is to ensure that the right things are done in the PDP.

“As we speak, Wike, Ortom, and Ikpeazu are in London for a meeting. So, how can somebody say that they want to abandon Wike,” he asked.

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