Peter Obi’s Alleged Deal With Wike Sparks Outrage|| UK Reveals Interest In Nigeria’s 2023 Elections

2023: Peter Obi Under Fire Over Alleged Deal With Wike, Others
The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has come under attack by different interest groups in the party over his alleged deal with the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

Saturday Independent had reported that there are allegations that Obi has entered into agreements with some members of Wike’s G5 governors, a deal that will see him supporting PDP’s candidates in Rivers State, Benue State and one other PDP state in the Southeast in the hope that the governors of the affected states would work for the Labour Party during the presidential poll.

The former Governor of Anambra State has even been alleged in Rivers State of agreeing to prevail on candidates of his party not to contest the 2023 general elections in the state.

Multiple party sources privy to the development told the Nation that various stakeholders of the party, including governorship candidates in some states and other candidates for the 2023 general election, are currently displeased with Obi over the said deal.
A source said, “Some of them were particularly concerned that the LP governorship candidate in the state, Beatrice Itubo, known to have been mobilising support for Obi, was in crutches nursing injuries she sustained from a domestic accident when her presidential candidate was trading off her ambition.”
Source: Independent

UK supporting Nigeria to deliver credible elections in 2023 – High commissioner
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing has said that the government of the United Kingdom is supporting Nigeria to ensure credible elections in 2023.

Laing, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja., said the UK would monitor the elections closely.

She expressed the UK government’s optimism that Nigeria would deliver free and fair elections in 2023 once the amended Electoral Act was implemented.
The high commissioner emphasised that the visa sanctions on electoral offenders remain a very effective mechanism for deterring people from engaging in electoral violence.

She added that the political parties are supportive of the policy.

“They (visa sanctions) absolutely do work. Obviously, I cannot talk about individual names, but I can assure you we have used it and the whole point of it is to deter people.

“The political parties tell me that they think it does work. In fact, during the last election, both APC and the PDP told me they welcomed it.

“We are completely neutral and we would apply this to whoever may be engaged in violence,” she said.
Source: Vanguard

Wike Blows Hot, Alleges Ayu Is Building A University In Benue State
The Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu is building a private university in Benue State.
According to him, Ayu has embarked on such a huge project within one year in office as the PDP national Chairman.

Naija News reports that the governor, made this allegation at the 2022 Rivers State PDP campaign flag-off and unveiling of the party’s governorship candidate, Sim Fubara, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Saturday.

Wike asked Ayu to sue him if the revelation was false, adding that he is corrupt and lacked the moral rectitude to lead him and the Rivers people to any campaign.

He also accused Ayu of taking one billion naira, N100 million and the money the PDP raised during primaries and wondering what he would do if he entered office.

Meanwhile, Naija News had reported earlier that Wike said the people of Rivers State are hurt because of the injustice being meted out to the state.

“I repeat it that Ayu is very corrupt. A corrupt man cannot lead me and cannot lead my state to campaign,” Wike stated.
Source: NaijaNews