Wike, Atiku rift: PDP BoT meet Wednesday to resolve issues
Worried by the rift between its presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Atiku Abubakar and River State Governor Nyesom Wike, the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday to put an end to “issues” rocking the party.
Wike’s grievance after Atiku ditched him to pick Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate has remained a matter of concern to the opposition party.
There have been speculations that the Rivers State governor may soon dump the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Just last Sunday, Wike held a meeting with some PDP governors and party stakeholders voicing his dissatisfaction with how the party chose its vice-presidential candidate among other issues.
However, in a statement on Monday, Chairman of the PDP BoT, Walid Jibril, said the PDP is not in a crisis but needs to settle certain grievances.
According to him, the BoT being the highest advisory of the PDP, will come up with strong recommendations to put an end to “issues” currently facing the party.
Jibril, “I notice with great concern that the PDP primary elections of Atiku Abubakar and the appointment of Chief Okowa as President and Vice President is unnecessarily causing confusion among some PDP members. May I point out very strongly that there is no problem as envisaged by some people in our great party the PDP.
“I want to assure everyone that all plans are on ground to bring all members together as one and united, as what is happening in PDP can never be compared with the situation in APC, especially their plans in trying to bring religious issues of Muslim-Muslim President and Vice President.
“I have also noted that some groups are coming up trying to solve the issues of Okowa as Vice-President the latest group include some former governors of the party and the current governors, some BoT members and elders including Prof Jerry Gana.
“The aim of the group is reconcile aggrieved especially Wike. Interestingly the BoT the highest advisory body and the conscious of the party is meeting on Wednesday 3rd August to discuss the issues accordingly by coming up with strong recommendations with the special committee for the special reconciliation of aggrieved members especially Governor Wike.
“After the BoT meeting we will meet with Wike and all aggrieved members and all past presidential Aspirants. It is my prayers as Chairman of BoT that the PDP will remain strongest and win all elections in 2023.”