The Peoples Democratic Party has made a bold move to entice former All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant Dr Nicholas Felix to join the PDP with the promise of securing the Edo State governorship ticket ahead of the 2024 election.
The development comes barely a month after the APC’s youngest aspirant warned that the party’s standard-bearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had barred him from running in the 2023 general election.
Felix, the party’s youngest candidate, had backed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo after he dropped out of the presidential primary on June 7…Continue Reading
Before withdrawing from the presidential race, Felix called Osinbajo the “best man for the job,” adding that he was confident he could turn the country around.
Tinubu defeated Osinbajo, former Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and 11 other aspirants to win the party’s sole presidential ticket.
The APC aspirant’s concerns came just days before the party’s presidential candidate returned from a trip to France.
While downplaying his suspicions, Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Communications for the Tinubu Campaign Organization, stated that he does not want to get involved in Felix’s problems.
While Tinubu has made a concerted effort to reach every aspirant who attended the APC Convention in Eagle Square, Onanuga believes his exclusion was either an oversight or he was likely out of the country during the debate.
After his interview in the Sunday PUNCH went viral, Felix told our correspondent that he received numerous phone calls from Tinubu’s supporters and notable campaigners, with many accusing him of attempting to blackmail their principal.
A helpless Felix stated that he was numbed and depressed for days after the outrage while refusing to reveal their names.
One of the anonymous Whatsapp messages obtained by The PUNCH read, “What’s all this hysteria about…
Sounds like blackmail and is definitely counterproductive. If you ask me, it smacks of unnecessary desperation.”
“After the NigerianWatch report was published, I received a lot of messages, especially this one from one of his team, whose identity I will not reveal,” he said. It surprised me, but I didn’t react because I know our APC flagbearer, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is a seasoned politician who will not react in this manner.
“Based on what I’ve heard about him and from people who know him personally and work closely with him, he will not tolerate any supporter or campaign team acting in this manner.”
“I’m just worried that some of these guys will paint him in a negative light.” I expect everyone to be able to work together if we are to win this election.
“There is so much going on. The very least we could do now is bring everyone together and avoid joining issues or causing ourselves more trouble.”
The aspirant acknowledged that there were some encouraging messages of hope and reassurance among the crowd, particularly from the opposition PDP.
When asked if he is planning to leave the ruling party for the PDP ahead of the 2024 governorship election, the politician admitted that he received an ‘offer’ from some party chieftains, who urged him to consider replacing the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki when he leaves office in two years.
“However, it is not something I am considering right now.” “I will undoubtedly remain in the APC,” he stated.
When contacted for comment, PDP spokesman Debo Ologunagba stated that the development had not been brought to his attention.
Felix Morka, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, also expressed reservations about the report.
“I don’t respond to rumors,” he said. Allow the man who intends to defect to confirm or refute it.”
Onanuga, on the other hand, told our correspondent on Tuesday that his principal has started consulting with relevant stakeholders and religious leaders.
“I am reassuring you once more that the candidate is reaching out to everyone concerned,” he said.