Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, Gov. Emmanuel Udom, has held a special private meeting with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Though details of the meeting, which was held at Wike’s private home at Rumueprikom, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, were not made public, Udom said it was just a brotherly visit in the spirit of the yuletide. He described Wike as his brother, adding that their relationship goes beyond politics.
The Akwa Ibom state governor said it was normal for him to visit Wike during a time of love-sharing.
“This is the season of love. Within this period, we need to demonstrate that love. Love not shown is love wasted. I think that is what we are trying to demonstrate – brotherly love and friendship. And then, in the spirit of the season, we must visit one another,” Udom said.
However, Gov Ortom stated otherwise. He said the meeting became necessary for the governors to plot the graph for the country’s good governance. According to him, the governors had to parley over the fate of the people they lead and how to move the country forward.
Ortom also sounded penitent when he told journalists that there was a need to mend fences and move forward. He said: “We are going into 2023, and we shared among ourselves how can we best add value to our government, how can we best add value to our people, how can we do things that will help add value to our country Nigeria. And that if there are any issues in the past which we have done wrong, we looked at it and said, look, let’s forgive one another and move forward.”
Though he declined to say anything about issues discussed at the parley, Wike described the PDP Presidential Campaign Council Chairman as his brother. He stated that their friendship predates politics, adding that political differences can not come between their relationship.
Wike further stated that politics should never be allowed to create unnecessary friction between brothers. Describing the meeting as “convivial,” Wike said it was completely devoid of politics.
“Politics is not what will divide brothers and divide friends. Everybody knows my relationship with Udom, and we will continue to maintain that relationship. We may have different political affiliations or thinking that should not divide the brotherly love or create a gap among us,” he noted.