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General News of Wednesday, 7 September 2022


PDP Crisis: Atiku, Wike finally agree on one crucial demand

Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike Atiku Abubakar and Nyesom Wike

Some sources with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have disclosed that the party's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has reached an agreement with Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike to have a meeting on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

The new date for the two to meet is a continuation of their last meeting in London some few days ago.

Governor Nyesom Wike demanded that Dr Iyorchia Ayu is removed as the national chairman of the party.

Reports indicated that the meeting in London ended in a deadlock as the two were not able to meet each other halfway which further drags the ongoing crisis within the party.

A source revealed: “What I can tell you is that it was agreed that Waziri gets back to Wike in two weeks’ time after the London meeting. I think the meeting will take place next week, possibly on Wednesday if I am correct.

“The PDP hopeful understands the ‘optics’ of the whole crisis, adding that the Adamawa State-born politician remains hopeful of a positive resolution of the problems within the party."

The source added that the Atiku is open to a peaceful resolution in order to keep the unity and strength of the party intact ahead of the 2023 presidential polls.

The source however stressed that Atiku will entertain Wike's demand if only it is reasonable to an extent.

Another source stated that some of the party members who want the exit of the incumbent party chairman (Dr Iyorchia Ayu) have some very shady agendas.

The source revealed: “Even though I don’t wish to dabble into this issue, I have to ask; what is the ulterior motive of the people calling for the resignation of Senator Ayu at this time when the commencement of campaigns is just a few weeks away?

“I concede that there might be some merit in the agitation of these people but what I don’t feel comfortable with is the timing. I think we should all wait till after the election for such clamour."


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