If what Joe Igbokwe, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stated on Thursday is any indication, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis is far from over.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who lost the opposition party’s presidential nomination to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, met with All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in France, according to Igbokwe.
After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday morning, Tinubu flew for France.
Wike shared photographs of himself on vacation in Turkey with his Abia counterpart, Okezie Ikpeazu, many hours after Tinubu’s departure from the nation.
Igbokwe said in a Thursday Facebook post that Wike visited Tinubu in France.
However, he did not provide any information regarding the visit and the discussions, if any, between the two prominent leaders.
“While they are bashing everyone on social media, Governor Wike travels to France to visit Asiwaju. Abuse, defamation, hatred, and bigotry are not strategies. Since 2015, they have loathed and abused PMB (President Muhammadu Buhari), and now they have shifted that hatred to Asiwaju. We will observe,” he wrote.
Calls and text messages to the camps of Tinubu and Wike were not returned, thus it was unable to confirm Igbokwe’s assertion.
Since losing the presidential nomination to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Wike has been in conflict with the PDP.
Atiku overlooked him and chose Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the Vice-Presidential position.
Some PDP players suggested Wike as Atiku’s running mate, but the PDP Presidential Candidate remained steadfast.
The situation had escalated into a full-blown disagreement among party leaders, with some pushing for the removal of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu as national chairman of the party.
Wednesday’s inauguration of the Osun governorship campaign council by the National Working Committee (NWC) was attended by only two of the party’s thirteen governors, indicating that something was amiss inside the organisation.
In a Wednesday tweet, the former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, requested a power shift to the South, arguing that it would be unjust for a Northerner to succeed Buhari after eight years in office.
Before Fayose’s tweet, the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, had stated that Wike would have been a better running mate for Okowa.
He added that he was still praying and fasting to determine whether or not God wanted him to support Atiku.
Atiku commented on the PDP situation earlier on Thursday, stating that attempts were being made to alleviate party members’ grievances.
“The People’s Democratic Party will maintain its cohesion. Focus on our actions. We are addressing the concerns of all party members. Priority is given to communal harmony. Our determination to unite Nigeria begins within our party, then spreads to the neighbourhood, and finally to society.”
“I adore and admire every governor, legislator, and other elected figure created by our party, as well as party members and loyalists. When they speak, I pay attention I do more than just listen. Appropriate steps have been, are being, and will continue to be taken.”