Nigeria 2023: Atiku Seeks Wike’s Support, Obasanjo Pushes Peter Obi’s Agenda

The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday met with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in London as part of efforts to resolve the crisis with the governor.

Punch gathered that Atiku pleaded with Wike to support him in the 2023 presidential election.

A close associate of the governor, who confided in Punch, said the former Vice-President had agreed to meet all the demands of Wike.

Earlier on Thursday in London, the United Kingdom, former President Olusegun Obasanjo met Wike in a move aimed at building broad support for the aspiration of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Besides Wike and Obi,  allies of the Rivers State governor,  including governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke, were also at the meeting.

The relationship between Atiku and Wike worsened a few months ago after the PDP presidential primary, which was won by the former Vice-President.

Atiku reportedly shunned the recommendation of a PDP committee, which recommended Wike, who came second at the presidential primary,  as the running mate.

Wike became resentful after Atiku chose the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate.

Although the PDP set up a panel to reconcile the two men, Wike insisted on the removal of the party’s Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

The meeting of the peace committee comprising loyalists of Wike and Atiku ended in a deadlock in Port Harcourt on Friday as the former Vice-President’s men did not grant the request of the governor that Ayu should be removed.

It was also gathered that Atiku’s delegation rejected a demand that the PDP presidential candidate should serve one term if elected.

A highly reliable source at the meeting between Atiku and Wike in London, said the Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintri, accompanied the former Vice-President to the meeting.

Although the source did not specify Wike’s requests, he said Atiku had agreed to meet all the demands of the governor.

Confirming the meeting between Obasanjo and Wike on Thursday, a member of the Rivers governor’s camp,  who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press on the matter, disclosed that the meeting was about the 2023 presidential election.

When asked by Punch if there was a possibility of an Obi/Wike alliance, the source said, “Obasanjo is working on that.”

Another close associate of the Rivers State governor, who confided in one of our correspondents, said Obasanjo hinged his support for Obi on the need for the South-East to produce the next president.

The source, who was privy to what happened at the meeting with Obi, stated, “You know Obasanjo; if he believes in something, he works for it. His presence at the meeting was to convince Wike to support Obi. He believes the Labour Party’s presidential candidate is competent.”

-Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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