The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar reconciliation team met Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike’s team to set a framework for reach an accord between both disagreeing parties ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Recall that Atiku and Wike have not been in good terms since the emergence of Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa as vice presidential candidate of the party.
Both parties set up a reconciliation committee to for the purpose.
The committee set up for that purpose consists members drawn from both Atiku and Wike’s strategic teams.
Atiku’s team comprised the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri; Hon. Adamu Waziri and Hon. Eyitayo Jegede.
Wike had former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko and former Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo in his team.
Speaking to news men after the four- hour meeting that held in Rivers government house, Governor Fintiri stated that talks were still ongoing but progress was being made.
He expressed confidence that both teams would find a middle ground to ensure peace reigns in the party.
He added that Nigerians are waiting patiently for the PDP to clinch power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2023, and redeem the country from the bad governance brought about by the current federal government.
He further explained that he was confident that the team on both sides would broker peace and urged Nigerians to be patient and expressed optimism that at the end of the day, the committee will unify the party and Nigerians will be happy for the PDP.
“We are aware that Nigerians are anxious and waiting for PDP to take over the government in 2023. We have met as leaders, members of the same political family and we have opened discussion. Work is in progress and we will continue.
“At the end of the day, we will broker peace and we will unify the party and Nigerians”. H e said
On his part, the former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, also said the agreement by members of the committee to bring about unity in the party will be achieved soon.
Mimiko also stated that the meeting will continue again to further discuss issues that will bring about progress in the party.
“We have agreed that there is a need for us to enhance unity within our party. This is a reconciliation process, there are some issues out there which need further deliberation when the committee meets again.”
It would be recalled that Atiku and Wike had agreed to constitute the committee at a meeting they held in Abuja a few weeks ago at the residence of former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof. Jerry Gana as part of the framework for the resolution of their political differences.
However, at the end of the committee’s session, members of the committee met with Wike at his private residence in Rumueprikom to give an update on the progress made so far.
At the end of the meetings a date is expected to be fixed for the two PDP heavyweights Atiku and Wike to finally meet and discuss way forward ahead of the forthcoming general elections.