In a bitter power struggle that now risks splitting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) just months to their 2023 General Election, the name of our former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is now being tossed around in the melee as factions scramble to take control of the huge political party.
Dr Iyorchia Ayu, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has labelled Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party’s flag bearer as Nigeria’s Raila Odinga.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu on yesterday.
According to him, the 2023 general elections in Nigeria will mirror many aspects of the recent presidential poll in the Republic of Kenya, among which are the electronic transmission of results and expected outcomes.
Okechukwu said the crisis of confidence and mutual suspicion dogging the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where the national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, received a controversial vote of confidence from the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
He regretted what he called the comedy of errors and odd consensus in PDP caused by the unholy alliance between the duo of Ayu and the party’s presidential candidate, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, to breach the PDP’s constitution and by extension the power rotation gentleman agreement that holds Nigeria together.
According to Okechukwu, what Ayu succeeded in doing by retaining the imbalance between the North and South in the PDP and arrogantly refusing to step down from his party’s high horse chairmanship, is simply to wilfully coronate Abubakar, as Nigeria’s 2023 version of His Excellency Raila Odinga.
“You will note that after all, both Atiku and Raila share a lot in common – former Vice Presidents, and serial presidential candidates. Indeed, Ayu has by his nepotism has given us the impetus to, from henceforth, with no harm meant, address Nigeria’s former Vice-President as His Excellency Atiku Odinga,” he declared.
The APC chieftain narrated how most patriotic Nigerians waited with high expectations that the 79th PDP National Executive Council will take a profound decision aimed at redressing the North-South imbalance by placating the betrayed members of its Southern bloc with the chairmanship.
“But, having superimposed nepotism and arrogantly breached PDP Constitution; Ayu and Atiku rather propelled the tokenism of swapping the ceremonial BOT chairmanship, which was akin to telling a child at a village ceremony that since plates to serve rice has finished, he should open his palms to collect his portion,” Okechukwu stated.
Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that PDP has finally convinced
Nigerians that they are neither prepared nor interested in building a harmonious, united and progressive country.
“Atiku and Ayu have regrettably painted PDP in the opaque colour of party of share the money, stomach infrastructure, and rent-seekers; by placing their interests above national unity.
“I dare say that by this unholy divisive alliance, PDP has manipulated itself out of contention for the 2023 general elections, hence the Odinga insignia,” he said.
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