Disquiet in PDP over Wike’s ‘preferred candidate’


Uneasy calm seems to be pervading the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  following what party leaders described as mixed signals emanating from  Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, over the crisis in the party.

Party leaders are at sea on how to approach the situation after a series of breaches of a gentleman’s agreement between the camps of the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Wike, asking them to desist from making inflammatory remarks.

Both Atiku and Wike have been in a frosty relationship over moves to oust the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and the aftermath of PDP presidential primary.

Though a reconciliation committee was set up by the two leaders, the committee is yet to reach a consensus on ways out of the impasse.

This came on a day former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, asked Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to swallow their ambition and return to the PDP.

However, Governor Wike, yesterday, urged Makarfi to stop bad-mouthing him and be focused on ensuring he delivers victory in Kaduna for the PDP in next year’s elections.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the PDP in Edo State, has urged the party chairman to, as a matter of urgency, call a meeting of all PDP governors to fashion a way out of the feud between Atiku and the governor of Rivers State.

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