A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George has urged the party’s presidential flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike to shelve their differences.
Naija News reports that the PDP has being in a state of crisis after the presidential primaries which produced Atiku as the party’s flag bearer.
Wike had contested the presidential ticket but lost to the former vice-president.
The rift in the party took a turn for the worse after Atiku picked Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.
After the appointment, some party stakeholders expressed concerns that Atiku overlooked Wike; who was said to have been recommended by a panel.
Speaking on the ongoing crisis, during a Channels Tv interview on Wednesday, George said Atiku and Wike must understand that their ambitions cannot trump the supremacy of the PDP.
He said: “It is a major bother not only for me, it is a bother to a lot of the committed elders and members of the upper chamber of the party. It looks like some kind of devil has entered into the midst of our party.
“We have the capacity to resolve our crisis; we have enough experienced leaders, committed followers, who will sit and be able to resolve this crisis once and for all.
“Unfortunately we have a month and a week before we commence the campaign, my appeal now is that Governor Wike should cool down, presidential candidate Atiku should also cool down because none of their ambition should be bigger and higher than the ambition of our party. We are appealing to both of them.
“Because there is no organisation anywhere in the world that would not have crisis but the capacity and the ability to handle the resolution of such crisis would be a measure of how developed, reliable or respectable that organisation is.”