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Wike Drags Atiku To Court, PDP Reacts

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has sued the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, the party and the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

Wike dragged the three respondents to court over the conduct of the presidential primary of the party that was held was in Abuja on May 28 and May 29, 2022.

Recall that during the primary election Tambuwal, while addressing delegates, asked them to vote for him but later declared that he stepped down for the former Vice President, Atiku.

At the primary, Atiku polled 371 votes while Wike and Bukola Saraki garnered 237 and 70 votes respectively. After the convention, the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, described Tambuwal as the “hero of the convention.”

Wike and his loyalists have been in a face-off with Atiku’s camp since the conclusion of the PDP’s primary election.

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Following the prolonged crisis rocking the party, Wike and a PDP chieftain, Newgent Ekamon have now dragged Atiku, Tambuwal and the PDP to court in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022.

In the originating summons, the PDP is listed as the first respondent, while the Independent National Electoral Commission is the 2nd respondent. Tambuwal and Atiku are listed as the 3rd and 4th respondents, respectively.

Among other issues listed, Wike and Ekamon asked the court to order the INEC to reject or remove Atiku from “its list of candidates in the 2023 presidential election.”

Meanwhile, PDP has dismissed claims that Wike is planning to dump the party over the ongoing crisis.

PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the governor had invested so much in PDP to think of dumping the party.

He said, “Governor Wike is an important member of this party. He is a man who has invested so much in this party. He has also harvested so much from the party; the party has also promoted him.

“He has said in so many fora that he is a committed party man and has remained loyal to the party since inception.

“Before the presidential primaries which he contested, he told the whole world that he was ready to respect the outcome of the elections. I have no evidence that he has changed his mind.”

 

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