The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has warned the stakeholders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to shun the political rift between the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
Bala made the call shortly before a stakeholders’ meeting he held with chieftains of the party during the weekend. He advised all candidates of the party in the state to respect the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, as well as the National Executive Committee (NEC) of PDP.
The governor added that the party loyalists in the state should leave PDP’s national issues for him to handle as a governor of the state and focus on the challenges in the state.
“I don’t want any of us to get involved in the controversy at the national level. It is above us. Leave it to me to handle it as your leader the way l am handling it as your leader. Indeed, we cannot afford it because it will disparage us,” he said. “Whatever we become we must remember the party is supreme. We have problems, but it’s about swallowing our problems for the greater benefits of the bigger picture.”
According to Bala, the meeting was convened in order to confront the challenges ahead of the 2023 general elections and to ensure the victory of the party in the state.
“I called for this meeting for us to sit down, discuss and address new challenges, especially looking at the electoral act, our party guidelines and of course, our personal challenges to regroup and refocus,” he stated.
It is obvious that PDP is currently facing a myriad of challenges as the presidential flag-bearer, Atiku, is having a rift with the Rivers State Governor, Wike, who lost to the party’s flagbearer during its presidential primary for next year’s elections.