13th July, 2022
Galadima Abba Itas, the North-East zonal treasurer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has dumped the party in protest over how Governor Nysom Wike Wike was treated by the party leaders during and after the presidential primary election.
Wike came second in the presidential primary won by former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku also selected Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate against the expectations of some members of the party that he will pick Wike.
Abba, in his resignation letter addressed to the Ward Chairman, Itas Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State complained about the unfair treatment of Wike after the party’s primary.
He also complained that the emergence of Okowa as running mate to Atiku is against the principles and ideologies of the party.
He added that leaders of PDP have not shown any indication that they are ready to reclaim power in 2023.
The letter reads in part: “I write to tender my resignation as zonal treasurer (North-east) and a member of People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).
“My resignation was as a result of wide consultations with my teeming supporters, political associates and in response to the unfair and unjust treatment extended to His Excellency, Barr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON, the Executive Governor of Rivers State during and after the presidential primary convention.
“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 necessitating my resignation in protest of the ways things are unfolding in the party.”