The quest for ascendancy in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP ahead of the 2023 presidential election primary was yesterday descending into war after supporters of two of the leading presidential contenders, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Nyesom Wike were engaged in a verbal war.
Meanwhile, with the PDP in deep anxiety over the resolution of the zoning debate, it has emerged that a similar debate was quietly seeping into the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC with northern party chiefs and monarchs drumming another four years for the North.
Saturday Vanguard reports that the PDP is presently tensed over the report of its 37 man committee on the zoning of the 2023 presidential ticket.
In the midst of that tension, Senator Dino Melaye who is an ally of two of the leading northern presidential aspirants, Atiku and former Senate President Bukola Saraki came out yesterday to denounce Southern presidential aspirants, Mr Ayo Fayose.
Though a presidential aspirant in his own right, political pundits see Fayose as an ally of the major Southern presidential aspirant, Wike.
Saturday Vanguard reports that Fayose who collected his form earlier this week had following that, denounced the pair of Atiku and Saraki for contributing energetically to the emergence of the Muhammadu Buhari led government.
He had also on a television programme on Channels flayed the duo of Atiku and Saraki for destroying the PDP in 2015 and now returning to seek the party’s mandate.
He had said: “Let me take for example our respectable leader, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, he won in Adamawa with less than 20,000 votes [in 2019].”
“Go to Sokoto, what’s the voting difference? Let us go to Bukola Saraki in Kwara, we actually lost there. Let us sit back and look at figures.
“This amalgamation of people trying to…at the end of the day it backfired. Jonathan, despite his flaws, we had supported him and some of our leaders didn’t go to APC …if some of them had become Presidents in Abuja would they come back? Will Atiku come back? Would Bukola Saraki have come back?
“When the journey was rough and bad, they ran back. Today, because our party is a party that tries to bring people together, we must not forget history.
“Today, I’m glad they are challenging people jumping from one party to the other, those are the ideologies that are missing,” he added.