Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his allies in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday night met to hold a strategic meeting in Port Harcourt so as to arrive at a final position ahead of the 2023 general election.
Naija News reports that those in the Wike Camp include Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River State and many others.
It was gathered that the Wike Camp decided to hold the meeting following the contentious vote of confidence passed on Dr. Iyorchia Ayu as national chairman by the National Executive Committee (NEC) despite their demand for his resignation.
According to The Nation, the meeting held late at night was summoned by the Rivers governor.
It was gathered that the governor’s camp has six options namely. They include:
- To accept the status quo and cooperate with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar;
- To insist on the sack of Iyorchia Ayu and be uncommitted to 2023 poll if Atiku refuses to bow to pressure;
- To remain in the party and work against it;
- Go into covert alliance with the ruling party to prove its strength as a Caucus in PDP;
- To leave the party; and
- To refuse to fund the party at all levels.
A source in Wike’s camp said: “Wike group is meeting tonight (Tuesday night) to take a major decision.”
Another source while speaking at the meeting told The Cable, “The likes of Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia, and Samuel Ortom of Benue are not present but they sent word that they will abide by the outcome of the meeting.”
According to the source, the outcome of their meeting on Tuesday will determine the presidential candidate they would support in the forthcoming election.