2023: Wike Drags Atiku, PDP, INEC To Court Over Primary
Deji Adebayo, Abuja
The Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike, has sued the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal, over the party’s presidential primary held in May this year.
Gov. Wike is seeking clarification of the court on whether Tambuwal, having stepped down for Atiku “during the primaries ought to lose his votes.”
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/782/2022, Wike and a PDP Chieftain, Newgent Ekamon, are listed as the plaintiffs, Punch Newspaper reported.
The PDP is listed as the first respondent while the Independent National Electoral Commission is the 2nd respondent. Tambuwal and Atiku are listed as the 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.
The suit comes as the PDP struggles to unite Atiku and Wike, two if its most influential members.
Recall that Atiku won the party’s presidential primaries with 371 votes while Wike came second after polling 237 votes.
After the primaries, Wike then shift over for the vice-presidential candidate slot, further deepening the division between both men.
Wike has accused Atiku of lying against him, although he vowed to remain in the PDP.
Meanwhile, Atiku has promised to unite the party ahead of the presidential poll next year.