Atiku, Wike In Last Minute Peace Deal

By Chris Udochukwu

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of Rivers state Nyesom wike had met in London, United Kingdom, on Thursday for last minutes peace deal.

Precise Post recalls that the two have been at dagger drawn with each other after Wike was dropped as running mate to Atiku against the recommendation of the committee set up by the party.

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia are some of Wike’s allies that attended the meeting.

Ahmadu Fintiri, governor of Adamawa, who heads Abubakar’s delegation for peace talks with Wike’s team, was also in the meeting.

The meeting comes hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Peter Obi, presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), and Wike met in the European country. 

It also comes days after Wike and his associates met with Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in France.

Recall that Abubakar travelled to the UK on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to reconcile with Wike amid the latter’s association with members of the APC. 

Previous attempts by Abubakar to reconcile with Wike have proved abortive.

THE RIFT  

The opposition party has been embroiled in crisis since the conclusion of its presidential primary in May.

Wike had contested the presidential ticket, but he lost to the former vice-president.

The cracks widened after Atiku Abubakar named Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.

Following the announcement, some party stakeholders expressed concerns that Atiku overlooked Wike — who was said to have been recommended by a panel set up at Atiku’s instance.

The division in the party worsened after Atiku granted an interview to Arise TV, during which he gave his rationale for overlooking Wike.

Days after the interview, Wike fired back, accusing the party’s presidential candidate of telling “many lies”.

Atiku has been making efforts to reconcile with Wike but there has been little progress thus far. Last week, a three-member delegation he constituted met with Wike’s team in Rivers. Advertisement

The Rivers governor is reportedly demanding the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, PDP national chairman, as a precondition for peace talks.

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