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2023: PDP North-East treasurer dumps party over choice of Okowa as Atiku’s running mate

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The North-East Zonal Treasurer of the Peoples Democratic Party, Galadima Abba-Itas, has resigned his membership over “unfair and unjust treatment” done to a former presidential aspirant and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike during and after the party’s primary election.

Abba-Itas disclosed this in a letter titled: ‘Letter of Resignation as Member and Zonal Treasurer, North-East,’ dated July 12, 2022, and addressed to the Ward Chairman of the PDP of Itas Ward in the Itas Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

He explained that he resigned because the choice of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the running mate to PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar contradicts his political principles and ideologies.

According to Abba-Itas, the PDP has shown that it’s not ready to take back power from the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He, however, did not state the party he would be moving to after dumping the PDP.

The letter partly read: “I write to tender my resignation as zonal treasurer (North-East) and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). 

“My resignation was as a result of wide consultations with my teaming supporters, political associates and in response to the unfair and unjust treatment extended to His Excellency, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, during and after the presidential primary convention.

“Equally, the unorthodox selection of His Excellency Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate to the presidential candidate, (which) contradicts my political principles and ideologies, further consolidated my resignation decision.

“As a critical stakeholder, unjust and unfair treatment of founding members posed a great threat to the collective political interest of our leaders and us, thereby necessitated my resignation in protest of the ways things are unfolding in the Party.

“However, the present situation in the party does not inspire confidence that the party is ready to regain power in 2023.”

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