Aminu Tambuwal, the Sokoto governor and aspirant, gave Atiku an easier leeway to emerge victorious when he suddenly withdrew from the race, as voting was about to begin, and  called on his delegates to cast their votes for Atiku.

Three year ago Tambuwal was first runner up to Atiku in 2019 at the party’s presidential primary election in Port Harcourt, receiving the full backing of Wike then.

Tambuwal easily forgot Wike’s gesture in what some observers see as backing his own northern brother; while others say it was a grand plot by the ‘PDP cabal’ to give Wike a bloody nose and whittle down his power in the party. Some say he has not forgiven Wike for always reminding Nigerians of the treachery of Atiku, Saraki, and himself in abandoning PDP in 2015 to side with President Muhammadu Buhari.