The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday met the 2023 presidential aspirants of the party at his Asokoro residence in Abuja.
At the meeting, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who came second behind Atiku in the party’s primary election, was nowhere near the meeting venue.
Those who attended the meeting include Dele Momodu, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, Tari Oliver, and Charles Ugwu.
Atiku appreciated them for accepting his emergence as the party’s presidential candidate without raising the dust.
He assured of working together with them, saying that they all have different roles to play to ensure the PDP wins the 2023 presidential election.
While the meeting was going on Wike was hosting his ally, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in Rivers, where they commissioned the Emohua Campus of the Rivers State University in the Emohua Local Government Area of the state.
Since Atiku won the primary election of the party, he and the Rivers State governor have been at loggerheads.
The matter apparently worsened after Atiku chose Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate instead of Wike.
Among other things, Wike is currently insisting that since Atiku is from the North, the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, who is from the North also, must resign for a southerner to replace him for the sake of equity and fairness.