Wike may quit as south-south coordinator of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation

RIVERS State governor Nyesom Wike has indicated that he may quit his post as the south-south coordinator of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign over his disaffection at the way he is being sidelined in the making of key decisions.


Regarded as the main financier of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Wike backed his Sokoto State colleague Aminu Tambuwal for the party's presidential ticket but at the annual convention, they lost out to former vice president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Now in the uncomfortable position of being an outsider, Governor Wike is not part of Alhaji Abubakar's inner circle despite being named as the PDP's south-south campaign coordinator.


One source close to the governor said that he was not happy because the Atiku campaign committee was not carrying him along in its activities. Governor Wike was said to have complained that some of the people appointed to work with him were put in place without his knowledge and he was planning to communicate his decision to the party's presidential candidate.


PDP chairman Prince Uche Secondus, had announced the appointment of Governor Wike as the south-south coordinator of the Atiku campaign a few days after the latter emerged the PDP presidential candidate at its national convention in Port Harcourt on October 6. His appointment was announced simultaneously as that of senate president Bukola Saraki as the director-general of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, while Governor Tambuwal was named as zonal coordinator for the northwest.


Others who were also named as zonal coordinators include Gombe State governor Ibrahim Dankwambo (northeast), Benue State governor Samuel Ortom (north central) and Ebonyi State governor,Dave Umahi (southeast). Ekiti State's immediate past governor Ayo Fayose, was named as the coordinator for the southwest.