The PDP presidential convention has come and gone. No longer news that the party nominee is Atiku Abubakar who trounced his closest rival, Governor Aminu Tambuwal by almost 1000 votes to clinch the ticket.
In a congratulatory statement released yesterday, Tambuwal commended the primaries as transparent and committed himself to the task of defeating President Muhammadu Buhari under a united PDP.
However, one of Tambuwal’s backers in the primaries, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti has fired a warning shot, suggesting that all is not well. “I may renounce my membership of the party if the need arises,” Fayose has said.
Fayose is quite hurt that his candidate lost and that is normal – but now he is suggesting that there is a crisis. At the core of it, Fayose hints that the Atiku camp has been acting triumphal and he found that unacceptable.
He said: “We have no regret aligning with Governor Wike to support Governor Tambuwal for the presidential ticket and no apologies either. We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised. If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go.”
Wike allays the fears
The Rivers Governor has now come out of his silence after the primaries to pledge his support for Atiku Abubakar. He acknowledged in a tweet that he had his preferred candidate, Tambuwal, but he is now out to rally round his party’s candidate.
“In the buildup, I had a candidate and i supported my candidate openly, that doesn’t translate to not accepting the outcome which was sincerely in favour of Alhaji Atiku,” Wike said. “We will stop at nothing in the support of HE @atiku to make sure the party comes out victorious in 2019.”