Yerima Shettima, the National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, will not win the general election in 2023 regardless of reconciliation efforts.
Shettima stated that the current situation between Atiku and the five aggrieved governors, led by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, does not suggest that it will be resolved prior to the elections in the following year.
According to Akahi News, the AYCF national president stated that the party’s chances of returning to power may be affected by the unresolved crisis.
Shettima’s interpretation of the issues is against the setting that all endeavors to accommodate with the oppressed lead representatives have fizzled and on second thought, the G-5 lead representatives have gone on to shape an honesty bunch.
He told Daily Post that those managing the crisis for Atiku did a bad job, hence the party would suffer during the election.
Shettima submitted that at this point whether they reconcile now or not, it has affected the party and Atiku already, adding that “No amount of reconciliation would save the party from imminent defeat.”
He added that “Well, there is no question on whether it will affect Atiku or not because it has already affected him, even if they are reconciling today, it can’t be like it used to be from the onset.
“Sometimes, leadership has to do with responsibility; no matter how much you underestimate somebody, as long as he can add value to your life, you must at least give him that respect. The managers of the crisis on the part of Atiku need to do more.
“So, whether they reconcile now or not, it has affected him already. Under normal circumstances, if they were on good terms with those five governors, including Wike, the game would not have been the way it is. It would have been obvious and very clear that the battle would be serious, but with the delay in reconciling, some of them have said things that they can’t go back to swallow.
“Even if they reconcile now or not, it’s a bad signal on the part of Atiku and the PDP as a whole. Even if they go back today, the damage has already been done, this could have been averted and avoided if men of wisdom and sincere people had been brought on board to resolve the issue.”