The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has said Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike is not against the party.
The former vice president insists that Wike, other governors and key personalities are working for the platform to win the 2023 elections.
The Wazirin Adamawa advised stakeholders and his supporters to desist from making assumptions that could jeopardise the unity of the PDP.
In a statement by his spokesman, Paul Ibe, Atiku dismissed speculations that Wike and governors from his camp were planning to collaborate with the opposition.
The flagbearer warned against statements that could “tarnish the image of the PDP as a united political party”.
Atiku said the diversionary tactics by the APC to create the false impression of a split in the PDP were aimed at deceiving the Nigerian public into overlooking its monumental failures.
The candidate stressed that Nigerians are looking to the PDP to topple the ruling party in February next year.
The statement said the people’s expectation was the reason why the APC was nervous about its impending defeat in next year’s general elections.
It added that this was also the reason “the ruling party is manipulating the political process to create a sense of division in the PDP.”
Atiku accused the APC of playing the role of devil’s advocate and celebrating its imaginary invincibility with the fraudulent claim that the PDP was divided.
“All the leaders, including the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Nyesom Wike, and all the governors of the PDP are working unitedly for the victory of the PDP.”
Atiku added that the future of Nigeria was at stake and assured that all PDP leaders and members were on the same page in the mission to liberate the country from the stranglehold of the APC.