Internal details of Wike’s anti-Atiku meeting with PDP associates

Details emerged about the resolutions taken at a meeting of a group of leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the crisis of the main opposition party. The meeting was hosted on Sunday at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja by Governor Nyesom Wike. Most of the attendees had endorsed the governor before the PDP presidential primary, which he lost to a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar. Speaking to reporters after Sunday’s meeting, party board member Jerry Gana said the group would be meeting for the first time to review the primary, which was held at the party’s national convention in Abuja, and developments in the party before the start of the election campaign. Gana hinted that the group made some decisions, but did not reveal them. “We know developments will play out, and when they do, we will let Nigerians know. We met for the first time after the PPD primaries. “Frankly, we have reviewed matters between us. We want to confirm that we are solidly together as a group.” However, several insiders told PREMIUM TIMES that the dispute between Wike and Atiku over choosing Delta State Governor’s presidential candidate Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate was deliberated at length at the meeting. Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa Wike has avoided Atiku since the running mate’s announcement. On Friday, Governor Rivers accused Atiku of telling lies and using some party leaders as “attack dogs” against him. The crisis is said to be delaying Atiku’s composition of his campaign organization. But according to sources at Sunday’s Abuja meeting, the group insisted that the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, must step down to allow someone else from southern Nigeria to take his place. The leaders said this would be their precondition for any meeting with Atiku about their roles in his campaigns for the 2023 election. The group denounced the asymmetry of the party leadership in favor of the northern areas. Ayu, an ally of Atiku, is from Benue state in the north-central area, while the presidential candidate is from Adamawa state in the northeast. The leaders pointed out that in addition to those two, Ayu’s immediate lieutenant in the party’s National Work Committee, Umaru Damagum (National Vice President, North), the chairman of its Board of Directors, Walid Jibrin; and the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, are all from the north, Governor, Rev. Honorable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal “How can a party that is systematically one-sided sell itself in the South? said one of the sources who spoke with this newspaper. Leaders also accused Atiku of sidelining party leaders other than his core supporters in his decision-making. They said they were aware that those in the Atiku camp had allegedly shared key government positions with each other, even before next year’s elections. “How can we work for a presidential candidate who is already sidelining other leaders who are not in his field and expect him to change when he becomes president? “The candidate has not shown good faith at all. The election is for Atiku to lose. If he wants to win, he knows what to do. The ball is in his court. We were clear in the meeting that only he can decide if he wants to win or lose the election, ”says the source. The meeting also accused Mr. Ayu of dividing rather than uniting the PDP since his emergence as national president. “The minimum condition to negotiate is that the president has to resign. We have decided not to leave the party. We will stay in the party and fight from within the party. Fifty-one people attended the meeting, including five governors and seven former governors. Governors who attended the meeting were Mr Wike (from Rivers), Seyi Makinde from Oyo State, Okezie Ikpeazu from Abia State, Samuel Ortom from Benue State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. of Enugu State. Two other governors were said to have sent their apologies for not being able to attend. Also in attendance were former Governors Donald Duke of Cross River, Gabriel Suswam of Benue, Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, Ibrahim Idris of Kogi, Jonah Jang of Plateau and Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe. A former governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose, was also said to have been absent for health reasons. Also attending the meeting were a former PDP (North) Deputy National Vice President, Suleiman Nazif; and the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke. Others are former Senators and former Senators Hosea Agboola, Phillip Aduda, Zainab Kure, Garba Lado, Sandy Onoh, Olaka Nwogwu, and many members of the House of Representatives. Also in attendance were Mohammed Sani Abacha, the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Nasarawa, David Ombugadu, and Mike Omeri, former director general of the National Guidance Agency. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Internal details of Wike’s anti-Atiku meeting with PDP associates