Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and Chairman of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council, has said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will beg his counterpart from Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and his group.
Emmanuel said the party had made a mistake in its approach to the presidential elections; hence would beg Wike and his group.
He disclosed this while speaking on the rift between the Wike-led group and the party.
The governor said he and other members of the party are prepared to prostrate before the aggrieved “big men” in the party in order for the PDP to emerge victorious in the 2023 elections.
“We’ll resolve all issues. You can’t let anybody go in an election; every vote matters.
“Every single person is important in politics, not to talk of when you’re talking about very big men. Small men like us will go and prostrate ourselves before them: please oh, big men, don’t let us down.
“I’m into this game to win. I don’t think anybody will get to this point and be doing permutations. What kind of permutation?”
“But they are not unhappy with me as Udom Emmanuel. Did they tell you they were unhappy with the party? Four of them are candidates of the party. They hold tickets of the party. They’re members of the party; you are getting it wrong.
“So, certainly, we all make mistakes. I must also confess as a party, we’ve made mistakes, and as individuals, we’ve made mistakes. But these mistakes, I can assure you, will not break us,” he told ThisDay.
Wike and his G-5 group have been aggrieved with PDP leadership since the party’s presidential primaries.
The governor lost his quest to be PDP’s flagbearer to Atiku.
Following his loss, Wike and his group have been against the rotation system within the party.
They called for the resignation of PDP’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, stressing that a particular zone should not be allowed to produce the party’s presidential candidate and the National Chairman.