… says ‘my meeting with Rivers gov in Turkey accidental, Atiku never sent me to him’
A member of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Adamu Maina Waziri, says he’s not comfortable with the party’s decision to beg Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, over the choice of his Delta State counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa, as vice-presidential candidate.
The main opposition party has been embroiled in crisis since its presidential flagbearear, Atiku Abubakar, named Okowa as his running mate.
On Sunday, Chairman of the PDP BoT, Walid Jibrin, had said the party would send a delegation which would have in its entourage Atiku, Okowa, the National Working Committee and BoT members, to reconcile with Wike.
But Waziri, who is a former Minister of Police Affairs, deplored the idea, saying it is ill-informed.
He said, “Wike is desperate and he needs time to be comforted over what happened. I agree with the reconciliation but where we part ways is the issue of sending that mighty delegation to kneel for him.
“Whatever decisions the party made, all obedient members should abide, we must keep aside whatever happened during primary elections and move on, the party is bigger than the interest of all of us.
“Wike said he would not be running mate to anybody therefore we must find someone who will work smoothly with our presidential candidate.”
Waziri also said speculations that Atiku sent him to speak with Wike in Turkey wasn’t true.
“Atiku didn’t not send me anywhere but of course I was in Istanbul Turkey for my leave last Friday and we coincidentally met in a hotel, that’s just it,” he said.
Wike had lost to Atiku in the May primary election for the PDP presidential flagbearear.