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PDP Chieftain To Quit Party Over Atiku’s Choice Of Okowa As Running Mate

Two Senators Resign From PDP

Kassim Afegbua, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former commissioner for Information in Edo State, Southern Nigeria has given notice that he would be leaving the party over the choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Southern Nigeria as the party’s vice presidential candidate.

Gatekeepers News earlier reported that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubaker announced Okowa as his running mate ahead of February 25, 2023 presidential election.

Afegbua, however, said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Southern Nigeria deserves the nomination ahead of Okowa.

Wike came second in the PDP presidential primary on May 29 in an election in which Okowa led his state’s delegates to vote for Atiku.

Afegbua described Atiku’s choice of the Delta State governor as a reward for treachery, noting that Okowa had hosted the meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum in Asaba last year where the governors demanded that the next Nigerian president should be produced by the southern region.

In protest at the alleged betrayal of the declaration by Okowa in supporting Atiku at the primary and in accepting to be his running mate, Afegbua in an interview on Arise TV said he would stand aside from the PDP and support the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in the presidential election.

Afegbua stressed that he would not be joining the APC but would only be campaigning for its standard bearer.

In 2020, the former commissioner had also rebelled against the PDP for handing Governor Godwin Obaseki its ticket for reelection after the governor was disqualified from the APC governorship primary for alleged forgery of an academic certificate.

Mr Obaseki went ahead to win the election on the PDP ticket as the party suspended Mr Afegbua for alleged anti-party activities.

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