On Tuesday, several members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees met with the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt. New information has surfaced on this meeting.
Acting BoT Chairman Adolphus Wabara, former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations Tanimu Turaki, former Kogi State Governor Ibrahim Idris, and four others were in Port Harcourt earlier this week in search of peace in the wake of a protracted crisis that showed no signs of abating.
Nevertheless, there are signs that the BoT may urge the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, to quit, since all previous entreaties to Wike have been ignored.
According to sources who spoke with The PUNCH on Thursday, during the meeting, Wike wasted no time in informing his guests that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had repeatedly failed to keep the promises he made to the five governors who are demanding the removal of the party chairman.
A former national officer of the party stated that Wike, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved governors, rendered the PDP BoT speechless after recounting all that had transpired, including how the PDP presidential candidate had repeatedly let down the Southern bloc of the party with unfulfilled promises.
The PDP leader, who served in the Uche Secondus-led executive, informed our reporter that the governor has pledged to have nothing to do with the PDP Campaign Council until the beleaguered national chairman resigns.
Before selecting Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate, Wike allegedly proposed a former governor of a South-South state as the vice-presidential candidate, but Atiku reportedly insisted on the Rivers State governor.
According to the source, Wike informed them that Atiku disappointed him. He said that he did not negotiate for the vice presidency; Atiku begged him. When he ultimately agreed and expected them to find out a solution, he returned to announce that he had chosen Okowa.
“However, when Atiku picked Okowa, he did not communicate with Wike and the other governors. And his remarks at Okowa’s introduction was quite unsatisfactory,” the ex-PDP official reported Wike as saying.