All you may have missed on the Wike and Edo PDP drama

The political climate ahead of the September 19 Edo Governorship Election was on Wednesday, heated up as Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike announced his decision to pull out of the reconciliation meetings aimed at resolving the crisis in the Edo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Following the disqualification of incumbent Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki from contesting for a second term on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as well as his swift screening for its primaries, raised an upheaval in the opposition party, with some party members raising eyebrows. 

The entrance of the Governor into the party was obviously not met with open arms by other Governorship aspirants in the PDP, on the grounds that ‘due process’ was breached by the party executives to favour the Governor’s participation in the race. This appeared to be the issue the Rivers Governor was trying to mediate when news of a lawsuit initiated by one of the leading aspirants, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, asking the court to bar Obaseki from participating in the PDP primaries surfaced on social media.

Some members of the PDP relying on the fact that it was brought before a Federal High Court in Rivers, alleged that the Rivers Governor may have had a hand in it, leading Governor Wike to express annoyance at the situation, stressing that it was an indictment on his integrity. In his outburst, he accused some members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) of trying to manipulate him using the media, and labelled them as dishonest sycophants and tax collectors. 

 

Nigerians reacted to the news, with a number of Twitter users expressing worry about the development and the chances of the PDP in the Edo election, given the disagreements it has become embroiled in the last few days. Some lauded Governor Wike as a strong force and master strategist in light of the developments, while those who were not happy with his decision described the Governor as problematic. 

Some others speculated what for them was a hidden political factor that made Governor Wike pull out of the reconciliation mission.

 

Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama who is also a sitting House of Representatives member prayed the court to disqualify Governor Obaseki from the PDP primary election scheduled to hold on Thursday based on his “faulty” credentials. The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt thus ordered the adjournment of the court case, alongside issuing an order that the parties in the suit be served through substituted means in two national dailies.

However, things appeared to have come to calm on Wednesday, when aggrieved parties agreed to settle the matter out of court which excited many supporters of the Governor on social media and drew diverse reactions from Nigerians.

 

Many praised the PDP for their efforts in resolving the crisis in the party swiftly, and counselled the APC to learn a thing or two from the current events in their rival party. 

 

With the PDP Edo Gubernatorial Primary election now scheduled to hold on Thursday with little or no troubles among the aspirants, Nigerians are held on the edge in expectation of what the election results would be. 

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