Former Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose on Friday dismissed rumors of a rift between Rivers governor Nisom Waik and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.
The PDP is currently facing a major post-presidential crisis over the mishandling of the process that produced Delta governor his Ifeanyi Okowa as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.
Atiku and Wike have met twice in the past two months to resolve disagreements ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
But talks between the two men are producing the desired outcome, as groups loyal to Wyke are still pushing for the resignation of the PDP’s national leader, Yyolucia Ayu, over his alleged role in the crisis. not.
Speaking during a commission at a community school in Rivers State, Feyoz blamed an outside force for the misunderstanding between the two men. He described Governor Rivers as “the soul of the PDP.”
The former governor also garnered support for his Atiku to win the 2023 presidential election.
Fayose’s remarks will come as a surprise to many, having previously sought authorization and demanded the return of power to the Southern part of the country next year.
He said: “For me, I want to believe his Excellency Atiku Abubakar is not against you but let me say this quickly: A lot of people surrounding the throne are enemies of the throne, and a lot of people surrounding the throne have an issue to grind with somebody or some issues with somebody and they take it to where they are not supposed to take it.
“I believe the needful will be done because winning an election is all that matters. Wike has not come out to say that Atiku Abubakar is not the presidential candidate.
“I was there the second day after the election when our candidate, the former Vice President, visited the house, the residence of Governor Wike and we had mutual conversations. We were all happy. Everything was in place to move forward. I spoke at that meeting but we don’t want to aggravate this situation.
“I am only appealing to people that matter. In every political party, there would be groupings. The same family, and different interests but we can do better than we are doing. People around the corridor of power, please allow this candidate to win the election.
“We do not celebrate victory until it is ours. Even in my state, they said that Fayose is Tinubu’s man. Like I said, people were decamping – sitting governors – I did not. Some people believe that you have to destroy your leaders before they can rise.”
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