2023: Tinubu meets Wike in London for decisive political move
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Monday night met with Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and some PDP governors in London.
Reports said Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, his Abia State counterpart, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, and other PDP stalwarts loyal to Wike attended the meeting.
Governor Wike and some of his allies had earlier travelled out of the country for what was described as a critical meeting on their political future.
The team, which comprised some PDP governors and other major personalities in Wike’s camp, were said to have left the country at the weekend, after the flag-off of new projects by the governor in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Wike had been engaged in a cold war with his party after PDP’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar refused to choose Wike as his running mate despite the recommendation of the party.
He recently gave the party some conditions for an amicable resolution of the crisis and is currently at loggerheads with other top party faithful in his state opposed to his antics.
Also recall that a reconciliation committee set up to end the frosty relationship between Atiku and Wike met last week, though no concrete resolution was reached.
Vanguard newspaper quoted a source to have said the London meeting centred on the need for the Wike camp to support Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
It was learnt that two things are being ironed out: whether Wike should dump PDP and join the APC or remain in PDP but work for the APC at the presidential election.
The source said: “It is true that there was a meeting where Tinubu met with Wike, Makinde and Ikpeazu. The meeting was held on Monday night, it was not in France, it was in London.
Meanwhile, some allies in the Atiku camp, on Tuesday, met in Abuja to chart a way forward and seek a quick resolution to the internal wrangling within the party.
Meanwhile, the London meeting was said to have unsettled the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
On the part of the APC presidential candidate, he said Tinubu, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, were part of the parley.
A former minister in Wike’s camp, who also confirmed the meeting, was quoted by Daily Trust to have said there was nothing wrong with the parley, saying Atiku is also meeting with APC governors.
“Atiku is also meeting with some APC governors, why are they complaining? What is good for the goose is good for the gander. It is all part of the game and nothing more.”
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