Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike and several of his allies have returned to London for more negotiations after Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, failed to bring peace to the party’s competing sections.
The two weeks ago, Atiku met with Wike and other of his loyalists in London. A conversation between the Presidential Candidate and the governors allegedly centred on the need of the PDP remaining together heading into the 2020 election.
After that, however, Wike and Senator Iyioricha Ayu, the National Chairman of the party, escalated antagonism by exchanging comments in the media.
Following the argument, Wike and his supporters, including Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, left for London.
According to information gathered by Shauntv, the London meeting is primarily strategic in nature and is being held in advance of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) meetings that will take place this week prior to the formation of the PDP campaign council.
According to Shauntv’s sources, the topic of discussion during the London meeting will be whether or not the Wike Camp will accept a seat on the council.
According to Shauntv, after the London meeting with presidential contender Atiku Abubakar, all sides were optimistic about the possibility of a ceasefire.
The Wike camp believed Atiku would get National Chairman Ayu to resign. On the other hand, recent developments may have altered the crisis’s trajectory. It’s as if none of them is willing to let go. According to the source, “they want to re-strategize and decide what their level of participation in the campaign council will be.”
Wike said last week that “something will soon happen” in the PDP, but he did not specify what that “something” would be.
The governor of Rivers also claimed that he would help the PDP’s national chairman ensure the party’s defeat in the 2023 election because Ayu did not want the PDP to succeed.
He had previously suggested that the party chairman was holding up because he wanted to keep control of the N14 billion in party funds.
This week, the party’s top leaders will convene to approve the campaign council’s membership.
The organs will assess the severity of the party problem and determine whether it can be saved.
Meanwhile, Governor of Benue State Nathaniel Ikyur’s chief press secretary told Shauntv that the governor had left the nation, albeit for a brief two-week holiday.
According to him, the Governor has left the country and is currently in Rivers State with Governor Nyesom Wike; they plan to return on the 16th of this month.
To clarify, Ikyur answered, “No he is not going to be back before then, he is coming back on the 16th,” meaning that he will not be present at the party’s NEC meeting this Thursday. The Governor is away for two weeks, so perhaps his deputy will attend in his place.