When you visit the PDP Campaign Office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital, you’ll notice four portraits on the wall. The first is that of its national chairman, Uche Secondus; the second is that of its state party chairman, Felix Obuah; and the third is that of the Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike.
The fourth one is Atiku Abubakar, the defeated PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections held last Saturday. There’s no room on the wall for the portrait of Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, who won reelection a few days ago.
Is it legal to do that?: Sure, it is. The building is owned by the party and it has the right to decide whose portraits it is willing to hang on its walls. However, it goes against normal convention. Usually, the portrait of the president is hung in buildings across the country.
However, the PDP is not the first to breach that convention. The first culprit is actually the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). All through the time Goodluck Jonathan was president, the APC as the leading opposition party never hung his portrait in its offices. This was why shortly after Buhari’s win in 2015, the then publicity secretary of the PDP said: “We will never hang President Buhari’s portrait in this office because he is not known to our party. He is not a leader of our party, and therefore, we will never put his portrait here. We are a political party, very partisan and therefore, we are not going to hide that.”
Below are photos from the PDP campaign office in Port Harcourt on Friday when Governor Nyesom Wike welcomed the deputy governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state, Christopher Udume, who defected to the PDP and declared his support for the governor’s reelection. Udume defected alongside almost all the members of the SDP Executive Committee in Rivers state.
As you can see, Atiku’s portrait conspicuously hangs on the wall, and President Buhari is no where to be found. But it does not really matter, it’s who actually sits in the villa that counts.