The Peoples Democratic Social gathering has made a daring transfer to woo former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Nicholas Felix, to affix the PDP with the promise to make sure that he clinches the Edo State governorship ticket forward of the 2024 election.
The event is coming barely a month after the APC youngest aspirant raised the alarm that the social gathering’s standard-bearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has shut him out of his marketing campaign forward of the 2023 normal election.
Felix, the youngest APC aspirant, had thrown his weight behind Vice President Yemi Osinbajo after he stepped down on the June 7 presidential major.
Earlier than he withdrew from the presidential race, Felix described Osinbajo because the “greatest man for the job”, including that he strongly believed that he may flip the nation round positively.
Towards his expectation, Tinubu defeated Osinbajo, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; and 11 different aspirants to clinch the social gathering’s sole presidential ticket.
The APC aspirant’s issues got here some days earlier than the social gathering’s presidential flag bearer returned to the nation from his journey to France.
Whereas taking part in down his suspicion, Director of Media and Communications, Tinubu Marketing campaign Organisation, Bayo Onanuga, had disclosed that he wouldn’t like to affix points with Felix.
Whereas stating that Tinubu has made spirited effort to achieve each aspirant that participated on the APC Conference in Eagle Sq., Onanuga believed that his exclusion could both be an oversight or he was most likely in a foreign country through the parley.
Hours after his Interview in Sunday PUNCH went viral, Felix informed our correspondent that he was bombarded by a number of calls from Tinubu’s supporters and notable campaigners, with many accusing him of attempting to blackmail their principal.
Whereas refusing to disclose their names, a hapless Felix said that he was numbed and depressed for days following the outrage.
One in all such nameless Whatsapp messages made out there to The PUNCH learn “What’s all this hysteria about…sounds blackmailish and positively counterproductive. Smacks of pointless desperation when you ask me.”
He stated, “After the PUNCH report was printed, I acquired a whole lot of messages, particularly this one from one in all his crew, who I cannot disclose. I discover it fairly stunning however I didn’t react as a result of I do know our APC flagbearer, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is a seasoned politician and received’t react in such a way.
“With all I heard about him and individuals who know him personally and work intently with him, he is not going to tolerate any supporter or marketing campaign crew to react on this method.
“I’m solely very involved that a few of these guys are going to signify him in a foul gentle. If we wish to win this election, I count on that everybody ought to be capable to work collectively.
“There’s a lot taking place. The least we may do now could be to convey all people collectively and never attempt to be part of points or trigger ourselves extra hassle.”
The aspirant admitted that there have been, nevertheless, some soothing messages of hope and reassurances among the many lot, significantly from the opposition PDP.
When requested if the hearsay making the spherical that he’s planning to dump the ruling social gathering for the PDP forward of the governorship election in 2024, the politician confessed that he acquired an ‘supply’ from some social gathering chieftains, who urged him to think about the thought of changing incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki when he leaves workplace in two years.
“However it’s not one thing I’m contemplating for now. I’ll undoubtedly stay in APC,” he stated.
When contacted for response, Spokesman for the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, said that the event has not been delivered to his discover.
The Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, additionally expressed reservations in regards to the report.
He stated, “I don’t reply to rumours. Let the person who plans to defect verify or debunk it.”
Nonetheless, Onanuga informed our correspondent on Tuesday that his principal has begun session with related stakeholders and non secular leaders.
He stated, “I’m reassuring you once more that the candidate is reaching out to all people involved.”