A few weeks before the 2023 presidential election, there has been a crack in Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state’s camp in Cross River.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Sandy Onor, reportedly avoided Atiku Abubakar’s rally in Calabar while the state chairman, Venatius Ikem, the senatorial candidate for Cross River South, Ntufam Ekpo Okon, and others were present.
Crack in Wike’s camp as Cheiftains split, takes sides
Hitherto, Onor, Ikem, Okon, former governor of the state, Mr Donald Duke, House of Representatives member for Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Constituency, Ntufam Eta Mbora, former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Efiok Cobham and others were in the same camp with Wike and never identified with the Atiku camp in the state, led by former Governor Liyel Imoke and the senator representing Cross River South Senatorial, Gershom Bassey.
The party secretariat on Mary Slessor Avenue does not have Atiku’s posters.
But at the Atiku presidential rally, on Monday, at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Ntufam Okon, Mbora, and Ikem were present while Onor, former Governor, Duke, former Deputy Governor, Cobham, and a few others were absent.
Atiku’s campaign team cancels Rivers rally
It was earlier reported that the Rivers state chapter of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PDP PCC) announced the cancellation of the rally of its candidate, Abubakar, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.