The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has been berated for allegedly working against the zoning of the party’s presidential ticket to the South.
Naija News reports that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike slammed Atiku, saying the party led by its National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu had made zoning impossible.
The governor, who made the assertion while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, said the presidential race was thrown open to all members of the party, regardless of their geopolitical zone.
Wike, while reacting to a purported statement by Atiku that he would step down if the presidential ticket was zoned to a specific region, said it was not true.
The governor stated that “‘He would have stepped down.’ As an elder statesman, what was he [doing] then? You see, these are the things that we don’t like – ‘he would have stepped down, if the party had…
“When you have set up a strategy where the party cannot zone? You were the people who refused the party to zone (sic). He was one of the major opponents of zoning, which is against the spirit of the constitution.
“So, him saying that he would have stepped down, who is he talking to? They sabotaged it; they didn’t want it to be zoned.
“You set up a zoning committee today. Tomorrow, you opened it up that people should come and buy forms. What have you done at that stage? When everybody has now bought forms, you now came back to say, ‘Well, since people have bought forms, there’s no need.
You think that people are not intelligent. You think you’re too smart. How could you have set up a zoning committee today to go and look at the zoning of the office of Mr President, then in the next 24 hours, you open up the gates that people should come and buy forms?”