For unexplained reasons, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, left the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, venue of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State over four hours before the official declaration of result of the presidential primary.
There had been reports that Wike had championed Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, as the preferred aspirant to clinch the party ticket.
Wike was pictured walking out of the stadium at 7:49am with his security detail, long before the official declaration of result.
However, at the official declaration of the result on Sunday afternoon, Tambuwal polled only 693 votes, a far cry from Atiku’s 1,532 figure.
Meanwhile, while Atiku delivered his acceptance speech, the other PDP presidential aspirants were right beside him, probably keeping their earlier promise to support whoever emerged as the candidate of the party in the 2019 election.
But Wike was conspicuously missing, fuelling speculations he may not work for Atiku’s election at the election proper.