Atiku and Wike In London
The PDP has been embroiled in crisis since the conclusion of its presidential primary election in May after Wike lost to Atiku and subsequent picking of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate.
Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, who heads Atiku’s delegation for peace talks with Wike’s team, was in the meeting on Thursday.
Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia are some of Wike’s allies thaT attended the meeting.
The meeting comes hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Peter Obi, presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), and Wike also met in London.
Atiku Caution PDP Leaders
Before the meeting, Atiku had issued a statement through his media aide, Paul Ibe, cautioning PDP leaders to refrain from making comments that could jeopardise the party’s unity.
Atiku said the PDP is united, adding that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is presenting a “false impression” that there is division in the party.
The statement reads: “It has become imperative to appeal to all party members, leaders and everyone related to, connected with or associated with the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar to desist from making comments that potentially reduce the optics of PDP’s image as a united political party.
“This appeal becomes necessary in order to call the attention of party leaders and members to the diversionary antics of the ruling All Progressives Congress which, in manufacturing a false impression of division within the PDP, aims to hoodwink the Nigerian public to overlook the monumental failures of the ruling party.
“Today, Nigerians look up to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to lead the charge in ousting the ruling party. This expectation from the people is the reason why the APC is jittery about their impending fall in next year’s general election. It is also the very reason why the ruling party is manipulating the political process to create a sense of division in the PDP.
“Because they know that there is nothing to campaign with from their records of performance in office, the APC has elected to play the role of the devil’s advocate, regaling in celebration of their imaginary invincibility upon a fraudulent claim that the PDP is divided.
“It is for this reason that appeals to every true member of the PDP and anyone who truly wishes the success of the PDP presidential candidate to not fall for the antics of the APC in making statements that could give credence to the false claim of divisions in the PDP.
“All the leaders of the party, including especially the governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Nyesom Wike and all governors of the PDP are united in working for the victory of the PDP in next year’s general election across the board.
“What is at stake in the next year’s election is the future of Nigeria and all leaders and members of the PDP are on the same page in the mission to rescue Nigeria from the stranglehold of the APC.”
Atiku’s statement comes in the wake of the exchange of words between Governor Nyesom Wike and Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa.