Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has debunked insinuations that he and some PDP bigwigs boycotted the inauguration of the party’s presidential campaign council over a rift with Atiku Abubakar.
In a recent interview with Nigerian Tribune, Governor Ikpeazu stated categorically that he has no personal issue whatsoever with Atiku, adding that he remains his candidate in 2023.
However, the Abia governor said like every other Nigerian, the main issue now is the need for inclusiveness across the country.
He said he wants to be sure that he will be accepted based on competence, but due to his tribal, political, or religious background.
He said: “There is no battle between the presidential candidate and me. He is my presidential candidate. I don’t have any other candidate…
Governor Ikpeazu explained that he could not attend the launch of the campaign council due to his absence in the country at the time revealed that he, Governor Nyesom Wike , and his allies will remain in the party come what may.
The governor noted that in trying to make the PDP strong, united,and marketable to Nigerians, questions from the southeast are being asked as to what is in for the regions if Atiku eventually wins the presidential election.
In his words:”If that question is posed, I don’t know what I will say or have we gotten to the point where nobody says anything again?”
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has gone prophetic with the party’s chances in the 2023 presidential election.
During a consultative meeting in Bauchi on Wednesday, October 5, Ayu said the PDP will return to power with its governorship, National Assembly, and presidential candidates, The Nation reports.
Ayu boasted:”All our National Assembly and governorship candidates will come back to the office. Having stayed out of power for eight years, the PDP will be returned to power.”
Ayu added that the party’s presidential flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar whom he described as a son of the northeast, has been chosen by God to correct all the challenges bedevilling Nigeria.
Also, speaking on enemies of the PDP who are trying to create division in the party with lies, Ayu said they will be disappointed eventually.
He was quoted to have said:”There are enemies of the party who are determined to cause division among us by uttering all sorts of lies against us.
“I want to tell you that they will be disappointed because at the end of the day, members of this party will come out en masse and vote.”