There is trouble in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a red of the loss of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday, September 11.
It was gathered that some powerful stakeholders travelled to Dubai in a bid to engage in what one of our sources tagged with Atiku.
The meeting, it was learnt, was necessitated as a result of wrangling among senior members of the PDP.
Investigations also showed that the allegation by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that some governors of the party were visiting President Muhammadu Buhari clandestinely has caused a huge in-fighting amongst senior members of the PDP.
Wike had also alleged that members of the committee set up by the BoT to investigate the emergence of Ndudi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives were corrupt.
While the PDP and Atiku rejected the tribunal’s judgment and had signified their intention to approach the Supreme Court, Wike had congratulated Buhari.
Already, it was learnt that some members of the party had been strategising on how to defect from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The meeting to be held in Dubai was confirmed by the Chairman, PDP BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin.
According to him, the BoT will meet on Thursday to deliberate and decide on the committee report.
Why Dino Melaye rejected to lead PDP campaign in Kogi
In Kogi State, Senator Dino Melaye is also said to be angry over the outcome of the party’s governorship primary, where he emerged fourth with 70 votes.
Musa Wada, a younger brother of the immediate past Governor Idris Wada, who also contested the ticket, scored 748 votes to clinch the party ticket.
Melaye, who had yet to come out of the anger over the outcome of the primary, had also rejected the position of the Director-General of Wada Governorship Campaign Committee given to him by the national leadership of the party.
Sources close to the Senator representing Kogi West in the Senate, had asked for a fresh primary, but his request was turned down.
Melaye, via his verified social media accounts on Friday, rejected the offer. His rejection also signified his anger against the party.
“I wish the PDP all the best. When truth is a casualty, there is chaos,” he added.
No cause for alarm – PDP
However, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, revealed that there is no cause for panic regarding the alleged defections and the verdict of the presidential tribunal.
“We are not aware of any defection plans, but I must tell you that the PDP is a big family and if we have issues, we have ways of resolving them internally,” he said.
Ologbondiyan said the drama and celebration in the camp of the APC would be short-lived when the Supreme Court rules on its (PDP) appeal.
He said, “We had a judicial process and our responsibility is to explore that process. We know as a party that we have a solid case and our candidate made a very beautiful presentation at the tribunal and so we are relying on the errors made by the tribunal to appeal the judgment at the Supreme Court.”