Nyesom Wike breaks silence over PDP Primary
There are indications that the Governor of Rivers State Bar. Nysom Wike might contest the outcome of the just concluded PDP Presidential Primaries. This comes as he break his silence over the outcome of the election where he second behind Atiku Abubakar who won the ticket.
“I am not interested in becoming the Vice to Atiku. Tambuwal did not betray me like my neighboring brothers. PDP will win the election… and I will be President of Nigeria by 2023”. “According to our Electoral Law, a contestant must vote, and be voted for. I am not ignorant of the law.”, Wike is reported to have said.
According to inside sources, the reasons he might contest the outcome are as follow:
PDP NWC made a fundamental mistake by not amending the party constitution when it decided to throw away zoning and throw the contest open. The NWC decision cannot nullify the party constitution on rotation between the North and South. Whoever emerged from the north zone under this arrangement will be disqualified by the court. Since at the last election the party zoned the Presidency to the North and no southerner participated.
After Amaechi/Omehia replacement by the Supreme court the electoral process has been amended to require whoever will be replaced by the court to follow the primary electoral process to the end. Otherwise the court cannot replace the party flag bearer with another person. So it was imperative that Wike contest the process to the end. More importantly get the highest votes amongst the southern candidates.
With the present position of Wike in the contest, he is in a position to successfully challenge in court the outcome of the party primaries. Wike cannot leave PDP now he MUST remain in PDP and seek court interpretation of the PDP zoning in the party constitution against the NWC decision to throw it open. I believe the party constitution is supreme to the NWC decision.
Lastly, it does not matter if PDP submits Atiku’s name to INEC, the courts will decide who the authentic PDP flag bearer is also Amaechi/Omehia.
It was a very good day for Wike. The scheming by the north was something we knew will happen so it was no surprise.
The court will decide the final outcome of the primaries.