PDP Chieftain Resign Over Atiku’s Choice Of Running Mate, Supports Tinubu

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, according to the PDP official, deserves the nomination more than Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Kassim Afegbua, a former commissioner for information in Edo State, has announced his departure from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s selection as the party’s vice presidential candidate.

On Thursday afternoon, the PDP presidential candidate announced Mr Okowa as his running partner for the presidential election on February 25, 2023.

Mr Afegbua, a former spokesperson for former military ruler Ibrahim Babangida, believes Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, rather than Mr Okowa, deserves the nomination.

On May 29, Mr Wike finished second in the PDP presidential primary, in which Mr Okowa led his state’s delegates to vote for Atiku.

Mr. Afegbua, on the other hand, branded Atiku’s pick of the Delta State governor as a reward for betrayal, adding that Mr. Okowa sponsored the Southern Governors’ Forum meeting in Asaba last year, where the governors insisted that the next Nigerian president be chosen from the southern area.

Mr. Afegbua talked on The Arise Interview, a popular Arise News show, on Thursday afternoon.

In protest at the alleged betrayal of the declaration by Mr Okowa in supporting Atiku at the primary and in accepting to be his running mate, Mr Afegbua said he would stand aside from the PDP and support the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in the presidential election.

Mr Afegbua stressed that he would not be joining the APC but would only be campaigning for its standard bearer.

The outspoken former commissioner had also rebelled against the PDP in 2020 for handing Governor Godwin Obaseki its ticket for reelection after the governor was disqualified from the APC governorship primary for alleged forgery of an academic certificate.

Mr Obaseki went ahead to win the election on the PDP ticket as the party suspended Mr Afegbua for alleged anti-party activities.

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