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2023: Keyamo Mocks PDP Over Wike Camp’s Absence At Campaign Flag-off



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been mocked over the absence of some of its Governors at the campaign flag-off in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. understands that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his colleagues, including Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, were absent at the ceremony on Monday.

The Wike camp had withdrawn from the PDP campaign council due to the failure of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to step down.

In a statement on Monday, the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, said the launch of the PDP campaign was an expected disaster waiting to happen.

Keyamo stated that the PDP has continued to treat Nigerians with disdain and disrespect with a litany of falsehoods by its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and other party stalwarts at the event.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment said the PDP cannot be trusted to perform well if the party violates its own constitution and cannot put its house in order.

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The statement reads: “The launch of PDP’s presidential campaign today in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, was, as expected, a disaster waiting to happen. Once again, the delinquent PDP continued to treat the now-discerning Nigerian public with disdain and disrespect.

“Aside from the obscenity of a poorly-scripted farce misnamed a flag-off, Nigerians suffered today additional trauma of having to witness a show of shame, listening to a litany of falsehoods spewed out at the gathering by failed, expired and rejected politicians. Speaker after speaker kept echoing a farrago of incomprehensible political jargon that left most Nigerians wondering whether it was a circus.

“For example, if not the loss of the sense of shame, what else could have goaded PDP’s now discredited “sit tight” National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, to be audacious enough to stand on a podium today in Uyo and make any promise to Nigerians? Has he been able to fulfil the promise he made to himself and his party members to step down from office should a Northerner emerge as the presidential candidate at their party primaries?

“How can a party that cannot unite itself promise to unite Nigeria? How can a party that brazenly violates its own constitution on zoning is trusted to obey the constitution of Nigeria if again trusted with power?

“When you have a flag-off campaign that is shunned by the National Vice-Chairmen of the South-South, South-West, and five sitting Governors out of thirteen, that is a definitive and resounding red-flag that Nigerians should not vote the Presidential candidate of the PDP in this coming election.”

Keyamo said the recent allegations of bribery involving PDP officials show that the party has not departed from its old ways of corruption.

He, however, commended the decision by some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) who returned funds said to have been paid to them as housing allowance.

The minister added that the absence of some PDP governors indicates that no amount of political jamboree can whitewash the party’s internal crisis.

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He said: “Fortunately, to the benefit of Nigerians, there remain a few good men within PDP. These honourable men belonging to the party’s NWC, deemed it right to return hundreds of millions of Naira allegedly transferred into their individual bank accounts as “hush money” to suppress the investigation of the scandal of humongous financial misappropriation levelled against their National Chairman.

“It is quite obvious to Nigerians that the PDP is a house that is divided against itself and it sure won’t stand. At their presidential campaign flag-off in Uyo today, the absence of many of the PDP State Governors tells a story to Nigerians that no amount of political jamboree can whitewash PDP’s cracked walls.

“It tells a story of a budding autocratic leadership, nourished by impunity, which now fans the flame of divisions and absolute disrespect for laid down rules and regulation.

“Not much should, therefore, be expected from such a gathering. With the obvious inability of its Presidential Candidate to assuage frayed nerves of disaffected persons within their ranks, how will it be possible for such a person to unite people within such a diverse landscape as Nigeria?

“You definitely cannot give what you don’t have.”

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