Pedro Obaseki, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused Nyesom Wike, the Federal Capital Territory Minister, of scheming to weaken the PDP’s internal structures in preparation for his own presidential run in 2027.
Obaseki, who previously served as the Director of Planning and Strategy for the PDP’s 2023 Presidential Campaign Council, characterized Wike as an individual who initially rode on the party’s structures and the support of its leaders to attain power but later betrayed them when he reached the top.
Obaseki made these statements during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, responding to Wike’s call to suspend Atiku Abubakar from the PDP.
Wike, appearing on the Channels Television program “Politics Today,” criticized the PDP for losing elections in certain areas due to high-handedness, greed, and impunity, and urged the National Working Committee to suspend Atiku and others like Aminu Tambuwal to rebuild the party.
Obaseki countered Wike’s intentions, asserting that Wike’s primary goal is to become the President of the country.
Obaseki argued that Wike is actively working to weaken the PDP to ultimately weaken the All Progressives Congress (APC) and create a path for his presidential bid in 2027.
Obaseki emphasized that Wike’s actions are not going unnoticed and called for caution in dealing with his actions.
He also highlighted Wike’s political journey, from being a Local Government chairman to Governor of Rivers State and now the Minister of the FCT.
Obaseki contended that Wike’s ambition has a history, citing his efforts to remove Uche Secondus as PDP chairman to eliminate an obstacle to his 2023 presidential aspiration.
He claimed that Wike has been inconsistent in his support and has disrupted the party’s unity.
Obaseki further stated that Wike’s demand for the suspension of Atiku Abubakar is misplaced, and instead, it is Wike himself who should face suspension from the PDP.
Obaseki accused Wike of creating divisions within the party and campaigning against it, leading to the defection of several prominent PDP members to other parties, including Bello Matawalle, David Umahi, and Prof Ben Ayade.