Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, crisis.
In a post on his social media accounts on Saturday, the former presidential candidate stated that he had been working quietly behind the scenes to restore normalcy to the party.
The main opposition party experienced an unusual crisis months ago, following the party’s primary election on May 29 in Abuja.
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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his supporters, who suspected foul play in the electoral process, demanded the resignation of PDP National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu, accusing him of plotting Wike’s defeat.
Ayu’s refusal to resign has, however, deepened the crisis as Wike and his group vowed to work against the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the forthcoming election.
It was previously reported that Wike and some PDP stakeholders withdrew from Atiku’s campaign council a few days ago, insisting that Ayu resign before the party could receive their support.
However, Saraki, who was also a candidate in the primary election, stated that Atiku remains the best option for the country.
“I just returned from my annual vacation and went straight to Akwa Ibom to join the celebration of the state’s 35th anniversary,” he wrote.
“As I moved around the country in the past few days, I got the feeling that many people are concerned over my seeming silence on recent developments in our party, the PDP.
“My response is that there are times to speak and be heard and there are times when working silently behind the scenes is more productive. This is such a time.
“PDP and Atiku Abubakar remain the best option for Nigerians in the 2023 polls”!