2023: PDP Is One, I Am Never Against Atiku – Wike

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The panel set up to settle the rift between the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, will meet on Friday.

Akelicious on Tuesday gathered that Atiku’s delegation and Wike’s team had yet to decide on the venue of the meeting.

While sources in Wike’s team said the meeting would hold in Port Harcourt, a close associate of Atiku insisted that it would take place in Abuja.

A top member of Wike’s team, who spoke to one of our correspondents on Tuesday said the meeting, which was initially scheduled to hold on Monday did not materialise because some stakeholders from Atiku’s camp, who were crucial towards the reconciliation process, were absent.

The source, however, noted that the meeting had been rescheduled to hold on Friday in a bid to settle aggrieved parties in the interest of the PDP.

The source said, “We were ready for the meeting but it was members from the Atiku camp that didn’t show up at the meeting venue. The members said they didn’t show up because they were busy receiving defectors from the All Progressives Congress in Yola.

“We were told that Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, who should have led members of the reconciliation committee in Atiku’s camp to the meeting, was the chief host during the defection of APC members in Yola. But they have indicated interest to show up for the meeting on Friday.”

The source, however, noted that members of the reconciliation committee from Atiku’s camp would not be meeting the Rivers State governor.

“When members of Atiku’s reconciliation committee come to Rivers State for the meeting, they will be meeting members of Wike’s committee. Whatever agreement that we reach would be detailed in a report that would be submitted to both Atiku and Wike.

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“After Atiku and Wike review the agreement and accept the conditions therein, another meeting involving Wike and Atiku will be held for the reconciliation to materialise in the interest of the party,” the source said.

A reliable source in Atiku’s camp claimed that members of the reconciliation panel had agreed to hold the meeting in Abuja.

It was gathered that the meeting earlier scheduled for Monday could not take place following a disagreement over the venue.

A source stated, “The meeting was earlier billed to hold on Monday but it was shelved due to disagreement on the choice of venue. While Wike’s representatives on the panel wanted the meeting to hold in Port Harcourt, the representatives of the PDP presidential candidate felt Port Harcourt is not an ideal location. But now, both parties have resolved that Abuja is where the parley should hold and they have agreed to meet this Friday.”

Akelicious had reported that the rift between Atiku and Wike started after the Rivers State governor’s ambition of becoming the party’s vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections failed following the emergence of the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as Atiku’s running mate.

Wike warns

Wike, on Tuesday, warned that infighting would spell doom for the PDP in the 2023 general elections.

He said the party leaders should be working at the grassroots across the states instead of rushing to Abuja with rumours ‘’to a certain candidate.’’

As part of his conditions for peace, Wike’s loyalists are insisting on the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, who, however, vowed to serve out his four-year tenure.

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The party had set up a 14-man reconciliation panel to mend fences between Wike and Atiku, but the committee had yet to resolve the crisis.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Government VIP Lounge in Omagwa in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, Wike lamented that some Rivers politicians are currently in Abuja carrying rumours and gossip about him to a certain candidate.

He said they ought to be in the state working ahead of the 2023 general elections while pointing out that those who could deliver their unit, ward, local government area and state would soon be known.

The governor stated that the projects being inaugurated and those being flagged off are what would be used to campaign to the people during the election.

He stated, “These are things we will use to tell the people… see why you should vote for us. It is not gossip. It is not by appearing on Channels television or Arise (tv) that will help you to win an election. It is what you have done, the report card you have that will sell our candidates.

“So, I think a party that needs to win an election cannot on their own cause problems for themselves, carrying rumours when there is nothing. When you wake up, every newspaper says ‘Wike’s camp says this, Wike’s camp did not say this.’ Meanwhile, nobody has met Wike’s camp, if at all Wike has any camp. I’m not a theoretical politician; I’m a practical politician at home.

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‘’If I as a governor don’t stay in Abuja, I don’t even sleep there; those who are sleeping there, what are they doing there? Their business is to go home and talk to their people; leave Abuja alone. You cannot be there and direct what will happen. Very soon, we will know who can deliver his unit, ward, local government and state.”

According to a statement issued by the media aide to the governor, Kelvin Ebiri, the governor described as inconsequential the claims of support for Atiku by some politicians ‘’if they are not working to mobilise grassroots voters to secure electoral victory for the PDP.’’

Wike explained that the quantum of individual votes from units, local government and states would determine victory for the presidential candidate of the PDP in 2023 and not rumour peddlers.

He added, “We are busy campaigning with our projects and working on how our party will win elections in the state; other people are busy in Abuja carrying rumours and gossip up and down.

‘’We are busy all day flagging off projects and commissioning projects that will sell our party; others are busy every day in the newspapers (saying) ‘Wike did this, Wike did that,’ then they will call the candidate, ‘you saw what I said about Wike today?’

“Instead of you doing something that will make your party win the 2023 election, you are busy every day saying ‘Wike said this.’ Where you heard from Wike, I don’t know, maybe in your dream. You want to support a candidate but you are not at home, you are in Abuja.’’

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