The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was conspicuously absent on Wednesday as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) inaugurated its campaign council for the July 16 Osun State governorship election.
This development occurs at a time there are suggestions Wike may not be on good terms with the party leadership after losing out on the 2023 PDP presidential ticket to Atiku Abubakar and also losing the Vice Presidential slot to Ifeanyi Okowa.
Others absent during the event were Douye Diri who is the Chairman of the council, as well as Governors Seyi Makinde, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Okezie Ikpeazu, Emmanuel Udom, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Samuel Ortom, Godwin Obaseki, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and Bala Mohammed who were all listed as part of the 128-man campaign council.
Naija News understands only Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa who is the PDP vice presidential candidate and Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba were present at the event.
The council was however inaugurated by the acting National Chairman of the PDP, Amb. Umar Damagum.
Speaking at the event held at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja, Damagum charged members of the party to work for victory in Osun State, saying there is no reason why PDP can’t win the election.
He charged the council to “go to Osun State and win the election for us,” adding that “Osun is key to our presidential election.”
He added that the PDP candidate f the election, Senator Ademola Adeleke is popular already which should make victory easier.
He said, “We have a very popular candidate in Osun and we have no reason not to win the election.
“So I believe with the caliber of people in this committee, I’m sure Osun will become ours, you will make a lot of sacrifices for the task ahead of you, engage stakeholders that are aggrieved.”
This article was originally published on Naija News