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Monday, December 11, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Wike, Fayose, Emerge As The Most Powerful PDP Kingmakers!!! South-East Set To Suffer More Marginalization Under New Arrangement

EXCLUSIVE: Wike, Fayose, Emerge As The Most Powerful PDP Kingmakers!!! South-East Set To Suffer More Marginalization Under New Arrangement

Emerging report indicates that the shocking defeat suffered by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the 2015 elections, has birthed a new set of Kingmakers.
One of the new Kingmakers has the resources, while the other is a talker. They are Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, and Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State; they have assumed the position of Kingmakers of the rejuvenated PDP.

Post-Nigeria recalls how Wike and Fayose spearheaded the return of Ali Modu-Sheriff, and also superintended his removal, because according to them, his continuous stay as the National Chairman of the party would have jeopardized the party.
Fayose and Wike eventually did the magic, expended all that was needed to see Sheriff out of the party, and installed Ahmed Makarfi as the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, the position Sheriff was made to vacate through a court injunction.
Moreover, that was indeed the beginning of Fayose and Wike’s emergence as the new PDP Kingmakers, but many within the party, including Bode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the party, underestimated their strength.
Fayose and Wike have a lot in common, and they perfectly fit each other. While Fayose has been the unofficial face of the opposition party since the buildup to the 2015 elections and up till date, Wike is the much-needed engine room of the party, especially as he is about the strongest Governor the party can boast of at the moment; he provides the finances to say the least.
During the just concluded National Convention of the party, Fayose and his partner had perfectly positioned Uche Secondus, who is from Rivers State, South-South, for the Chairmanship seat.
Wike, before the Convention, came out clear about where the pendulum was swinging. He said Secondus, a former Acting Chairman of the party, was the best candidate to lead the PDP, in view of his experience and track record.
“I have analysed the scenario. I have analysed the delegates spread of each State. There is no way that Prince Uche Secondus will not coast to victory by over 90 percent of delegates votes”, Wike had said.
He added: “I am talking because I am on the campaign team of Prince Uche Secondus, and I am a delegate.
Those who sniffed around, alleged that billions of naira was expended before Secondus could coast home the victory. In fact, it was gathered that delegates from the North and South zones became overnight millionaires after the Convention, because as it was said by those who saw it all, they were well paid to vote for the ‘right candidate’. Whether those who are aggrieved like it or not, this is a victory for these two men.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, chaired the PDP Post-Election Review Committee, that zoned the 2019 Presidential ticket of the party to the North, and the position of National Chairman to the South.
Ekweremadu was positioning himself as the Vice Presidential candidate, if the North as agreed in the report, takes the Presidency, and the South the National Chairman. However, with the result of last weekend’s Convention, it is obvious that the South-West can only be assuaged with the position of Vice President; some Analysts are asking: so what does the South-East get afterwards?
It is now clear that the South-East will suffer more marginalisation, as the Ndigbos will neither get the Presidency which has been zoned to the North, nor the Vice Presidency, which may likely be zoned to the South-West, to appease the region.
It is not clear how the men who decide who gets what now in the PDP are going to arrange the house. The belief carried to the Convention by people, was the 2016 zoning arrangement that gave the office of National Chairman to the South-West, with the understanding that the South-East would take the slot of Vice President.
Now that the South-East has traded off what could have been a golden opportunity to have a shot at the Presidency, this is the beginning of an end for a party that is seeking to wrestle power from the APC in 2019.
Under these men, can the PDP get it right, especially with what seems to a false start? Despite the return of Atiku Abubakar to the party, hoping to find a platform for his Presidential ambition, Ahmed Makarfi, is actually the man Wike and Fayose are rooting for.

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