2023: PDP crisis puts Tinubu, Obi ahead of Atiku, says Olisa Metuh

A former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, has regretted that the leadership crisis in his party (PDP) may narrow the 2023 presidential election to a two-horse race.

He said that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of All Progressives Congress (APC)  and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) would be the beneficiaries if PDP fails “to sit down together and resolve our differences before the situation completely gets out of hand.”

“The crisis, if it persists, may narrow the 2023 presidential election to a two-horse race between Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi,” Metuh warned.

The party has been in turmoil since former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar emerged as its standard bearer for the February 2023 presidential election.

The rift deepened after Rivers State Nyesom Wike, who came second in the party’s shadow presidential poll, was allegedly overlooked by Atiku in the selection of his running mate.

The crisis worsened after Wike’s allies jettisoned campaign responsibilities, and insisted that Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s National Chairman, must be removed.

Despite several meetings convened to resolve the impasse, acrimony yet lingers in the party

Metuh, in recognition of the dangers of going into the election in its present fractured nature, has advised the party to find ahead of the crucial polls.

He said: “The fate of the PDP in the 2023 election has been made precarious by Obi’s presence in the race.”

“Whether or not we admit it, Obi’s LP will take a considerable size of PDP votes in all the states in the South-east.

“Obi has also penetrated states in the South-south, including Rivers, where Governor (Nyesom) Wike holds way and there is nothing anybody can do about that. So, nobody should hold the PDP or its candidate (Atiku) to ransom.”

– Media Report

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