Emerging report reaching Page 36 on Sunday morning, indicates that the renewed efforts by the 2023 Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, to resolve the lingering crisis between himself and the aggrieved Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, failed yet again, as their Thursday meeting ended fruitless.
It was gathered that Governor Wike insisted there that would be no peace deal, until the National Chairman of the main opposition party, Iyorchia Ayu, resigns or is sacked.
As the PDP officially kicked off its 2023 Presidential campaigns on Wednesday, Atiku made yet another effort to reach a peace agreement with Governor Wike, during a meeting on Thursday, at his private residence, in Asokoro, Abuja.
One of Governor Wike’s close Allies who was privy to what was discussed at the meeting, Senator Olaka Wogu, told Sunday Punch in an interview, that during the Thursday meeting, the Governor reiterated his demand to Atiku, that there is no going back on his demand that Ayu must go.
He affirmed that the meeting between Atiku and Governor Wike ended in a stalemate, after the Governor stood firm on his demands.
Senator Wogu stated: “I just want to set the record straight, that no matter what you have heard, the meeting ended because Wike stood firm that there was no basis for any resolution, until Ayu stepped down.
“Every other thing can be discussed, whether it is 2027 or not, after the needful has been done. This will put the party in a position where the National Chairman can go to every State to campaign for the party. There are some States where Ayu may not be welcomed.”
Speaking further, he dismissed the reports that Atiku offered to support Governor Wike for President in 2027, stressing that there was no such discussion between them.
He added: “Talks are still ongoing between them, and I know that there will be continued talks between them.”
When tasked to speak on the reported agreement between Atiku and Governor Wike, Senator Wogu said: “There is nothing like that. I told you that talks are still ongoing between them. I will not lie to you, but I cannot disclose the content of the meeting; the idea is to find whether they can reach an agreement.
“As you know, Wike has stood his ground that Ayu must leave for a sense of fairness, equity, and for what is right. He should go. This was even compounded by the fact that Ayu himself said he would go. So, as a matter of honour, he should go.
“Before now, Atiku had said that there were constitutional challenges to his (Ayu) removal. So between pleasure and force, we will explore the option. That was what Atiku said in London. This is like a follow-up; they are talking.”