2023: Tinubu, Wike’s meeting rattles PDP, Atiku

August 24, 2022
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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar have been unsettled following the meeting held between the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike in London.

It could be recalled that the main opposition party crisis started following the emergence of Atiku as the party’s flagbearer and the subsequent selection of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as the Vice Presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.

This has, however, make Governor Wike and Atiku be at loggerheads which may threaten the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections

Spirited efforts by the leaders of the party to persuade Wike to key into Atiku’s project have also hit the rock.

Instead, the Rivers State governor has upped his romance with the ruling party’s chieftains and the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Daily Independent gathered that from Wike’s side, three PDP governors, Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) attended the meeting.

 According to a source privy to the development who pleaded anonymity told Dailytrust, “It was a fruitful outing from our end. Further meetings would be held.”

 A former minister in Wike’s camp, who also confirmed the meeting, said there was nothing wrong with the parley, saying Atiku is also meeting with APC governors. 

“Atiku is also meeting with some APC governors, why are they complaining?  What is good for the goose is good for the gander. It is all part of the game and nothing more,” he said in a phone interview last night.

 It was learned that two things are being ironed out, whether Wike should dump PDP and join the APC or remain in PDP but work for the APC at the presidential election.

Recall that in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku polled 473,971 votes against Buhari’s 150,710 in Rivers State.

 A former minister of works and chieftain of the APC, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has advised Wike to consider working with Asiwaju Tinubu, noting that he should not remain where he is not appreciated. 

“In politics, nothing is impossible. Political parties are always looking for numbers and value, and Governor Wike will add them to the campaign. He should consider working for the APC, especially considering that his efforts are not appreciated where he is,” he said.

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