How Wike Orchestrated Peter Obi’s Exit from PDP – Paul Ibe

How Wike Orchestrated Peter Obi’s Exit from PDP – Paul Ibe

Paul Ibe, the media adviser to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, asserted that Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), orchestrated the departure of Peter Obi from the Peoples Democratic Party, as revealed during an interview on the “Mic On podcast” last Saturday.

Ibe elaborated on how Wike obstructed the party’s attempts to allocate the 2023 presidential candidacy to the southeast due to his desire to run for the 2023 presidential election.

He mentioned that Atiku was prepared to relinquish his presidential ambitions under the condition that the presidency was specifically designated to the southeast region, Peter Obi’s place of origin.

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It is worth noting that Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra, resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on May 25, 2022.

Subsequently, on May 27, 2022, the former Anambra governor joined the Labour Party and emerged as the victor of the Labour Party (LP) presidential primary on May 30, 2022.

In response to the origins of the conflict within the PDP, Ibe indicated that Atiku had been prepared to allocate the PDP presidential candidacy to the southeast, but Wike opposed Atiku’s terms and advocated for the candidacy to be open to the three sub-regions in the south (south-east, south-west, and south-south).

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“Wike was also instrumental in the exit of Obi because he promoted the zoning of the presidency to the south. He frustrated that effort because he believed that if it was zoned to the south, not the south east, he would be in the best position to get the (PDP) ticket,” Ibe said.

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“Whatever interest that Wike is doing, clearly shows that it’s at variance with the interest of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“There is no doubt about it that the Atiku-Obi ticket of 2019 was viable and it still remains viable because the Labour Party took away some of the votes of the PDP (in the 2023 presidential election).”

Obi later became a reckoning force in the 2023 presidential election, securing over six million votes.

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