Indications are rife about moves to reconcile the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike.
Premium Times is reporting that Governor Wike has not withdrawn from the reconciliation moves with Atiku, as he had named seven representatives of his camp into the committee.
Reports say a 14-member committee constituted by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to explore the possibility of reconciliation between the two politicians will begin its work in Abuja on Monday.
Atiku and Wike agreed to constitute the committee at a meeting they held last Thursday in Abuja at the residence of a former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Jerry Gana.
At the meeting last week, which was the first time they sat together since Atiku overlooked Wike and appointed Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as vice presidential candidate, the two leaders agreed on a framework for the resolution of their differences.
They also agreed that the committee would look into the grievances of Wike and the party leaders in his camp and make recommendations on how Atiku and the PDP leadership would address the issues.
Those appointed by Governor Wike include former Governors Segun Mimiko of Ondo State, Donald Duke of Cross Rivers and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe; a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke; and a former member of the House of Representatives, Nnenna Ukeje.
Atiku on the other hand named former Senate President, David Mark; Adamawa State Governor Umaru Fintiri, a former Cross River Governor, Liyel Imoke; a former PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede; and former Senator Ben Obi. Our source could not immediately recall the two other names submitted by each side.
Meanwhile, the key demand of the Wike group is the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, whom it considered a biased ally of Atiku. They said Ayu’s resignation is important in addressing the lopsidedness of the party’s leadership.
The group was referring to Ayu, Atiku, as well as the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Jibrin Wakil and the chairman of the PDP governors’ forum, Tambuwal; all coming from the northern part of the country, saying the lopsidedness will make it difficult for them to campaign for the party for the presidential election.
Although Ayu has offered to resign after the presidential election next year, the Wike group suspects he would sit tight if the party loses the presidential election and therefore is demanding that he steps down immediately.