WIKE, OBI MEET… ATIKU ALSO VISITED RIVERS GOV
The Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, was on Friday hosted by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Obi’s visit was coming barely 48 hours after the official kick-off of the 2023 election campaigns.
The meeting, which is not the first, is coming amid the internal crisis of the Peoples Democratic Party which Wike belongs to.
The two politicians were seen shaking hands in front of Governor Wike’s residence in pictures online. Wike was spotted in white, while his guest, Obi, wore a blue senator material.
However, sharing the pictures of the meeting on his Twitter handle on Friday, Wike wrote, “It was nice hosting my brother @PeterObi once again.”
Although details and outcome of the meeting were not known, the meeting was coming amid allegations and counter allegations of bribery within the PDP fold.
Aside from photos shared by Wike, Obi, who is a former Anambra State Governor, on his Twitter handle, shared pictures of his meeting with Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
“I was at Ibadan, and I visited my brother and friend, HE @seyiamakinde, the Governor of Oyo State as part of my consultations ahead of the 2023 general elections. We had very frank and constructive discussions. -PO,” he wrote.
Makinde, Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, all believed to be loyal to Wike, including the Governor, on Wednesday, boycotted the inauguration of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council and book launch in honour of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Also absent from the event was the National Chairman of the PDP who, according to the Deputy National Chairman (North), Umar Damagum, was absent as a result of ill health.
Other PDP Governors believed to be loyal to the party’s presidential candidate were, however, in attendance.
Meanwhile, Wike had during his media chat on September 23 2022 boasted that though no one was above the party, those who left the party during the height of its crisis in 2014/2015 cannot suspend him.
But when asked if other political parties, including presidential aspirants, are wooing him to join them, Wike said, “They know I am important and that is why they are wooing me.
“Who does not want to win Rivers State? Why won’t they (opposition parties) talk to me? So many parties are talking to me.”
When asked about his possible suspension for anti-party activities, Wike said, “Who will suspend me? The party? Which party? PDP? No problem. Look at the wahala (problem) you (PDP) are already carrying. They (PDP) can go ahead.
“I am not saying I am bigger than the party. But those who ran away from the party cannot suspend me from the party. I beg them (PDP) today and they shouldn’t waste time to say the Governor of Rivers State you are hereby suspended from the party. Then, anything you see, you take! They (PDP members) know what I can do.”
“What I am saying is that if we misused this opportunity Nigerians are giving us, we will pay dearly for it. For me, everything must be done to make sure the right is done for us to get the support of Nigeria. But if we continue this way, we are going for a shocker, and that I can tell you.
He said the crisis in the main opposition party was more than what was being reported in the media and for the sake of peace, he won’t divulge critical information to the public.
“I believed justice, fairness, and equity should be allowed for our party to progress. That is when our party can stand as a party that wants to take over the reign of affairs of this country,” he said.
Meanwhile, as part of efforts to resolve the lingering crisis in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Presidential Candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, also met Wike.
A source privy to the meeting told Daily Trust that some top aides of the duo attended the meeting.
The visit took place at the Asokoro Rivers Governors lodge in Abuja on Thursday afternoon.
The source said many of those that followed Atiku to the meeting where not happy with the manner Wike confronted Atiku on some of the issues causing the crisis in the party.
The source, who did not want his name mentioned because he was not authorised to speak, said Atiku, who opened the discussion, urged Wike to return to the fold and let them work together to resolve the issues.
He said the presidential candidate appealed to Wike that Nigerians need the PDP to win the 2023 election and gave reasons why Wike should put an end to the crisis.
The source said: “But we were shocked the way Wike reacted. The Governor reminded Atiku about their London meeting and the agreement reached. The promise by Atiku that he was going to speak with the National Chairman Dr Iyorchia Ayu to resign.
“The promise that he (Atiku) will get back to them after a week and how he has not called them since that time.”
The Chieftain also said, according to Wike, the BoT members agreed that Ayu should go, but some people were urging him on not to resign.
However, after listening to Atiku, Wike promised to get back to his people, discuss with them on the outcome of the meeting before taking any decision.
Meanwhile, a source in the Wike camp said it is difficult to reach an agreement on view of the serial betrayal and broken promises suffered by their camp.
“There is breach of trust already. The candidate is not known to keep what he says and mean what he says and it is difficult for us to believe whatever is agreed with them, ” he said.