Peace may finally return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the surprise meeting between the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Recall that the duo met last Thursday at the Abuja home of a former Information Minister and member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Professor Jerry Gana, to settle their rift.
Naija News reports that the PDP had been dealing with an internal crisis following the party’s presidential primary, which Wike lost to Atiku Abubakar.
The crisis went deeper after Atiku snubbed the Rivers State Governor to pick Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.
This led to the PDP BoT meeting, which attempted to broker a truce to enable the party go into the 2023 election united.
Atiku and Wike both agreed to set up a 14-member panel to consult and make recommendations which both men will consider.
A top party source told Vanguard that the membership of the panel was yet to be made public because some of them had yet to be officially informed.
The source explained that the panel is expected to take off with “immediate effect.”
“We’ve made appreciable progress within the last 24 hours following the meeting between our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike”, the source said.
“The meeting, which took the enemies of the our party by surprise, has brought down tension and restored hope about a speedy resolution of what our opponents consider as a major conflict.”
The source, however, stated that the issues of conditions and concessions had not been made.
“The issue of conditions did not arise when both men set aside their differences and spoke to each other frankly.
“Their followers will definitely take a cue from this and fall in line. What is now on ground is seeking a way forward.
“The recommendations, which the 14-member committee make, will be considered and action taken. I can assure you that the campaign council will follow through afterward,” the source stated.