The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday in Abuja, met with the embattled governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, towards settling their controversy over the choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate for the 2023 poll.
The meeting was facilitated by a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, at his residence in the Asokoro part of the federal capital. The discussion was conducted in a congenial atmosphere for more than an hour according to a report.
But contacted to confirm the meeting and the issues that both leaders communicated, Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe, turned down the request. It was, however, gathered that Atiku and Wike agreed in principle to set aside all their political differences and work in unison to guarantee PDP victory in 2023 the general election.
To emphasize their commitment to the talks and all the issues discussed, they also agreed to set up a committee that would include equal representation from each camp to work out the modalities ostensibly on power-sharing to be submitted to an enlarged body of PDP for ratification.
The source said the meeting marked the takeoff point in their rapprochement as they expressed commitments to working together for the success of the PDP at the election.
The source declared: “Atiku and Wike met today at the Abuja residence of Professor Jerry Gana, who fostered the meeting.