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PDP crisis: Wike, Makinde, Ortom back in London for a new funding round

Following the inability of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to rule over the party’s warring factions, Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike and some of his allies returned to London again for a new series of meetings.

Atiku met Wike and some of his allies in London two weeks ago. The presidential candidate reportedly spoke with the governors about the need for the PDP to be united in the elections next year.

However, after that, Wike and Senator Iyioricha Ayu, the national chairman of the party, renewed the hostility by exchanging words in the media.

After the heated exchange, Wike and his loyalists, including Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, headed for London.

Daily Trust has reliably gathered that the London meeting was for strategy ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) meetings to be held ahead of the establishment of the PDP Campaign Council later. during the week.

The London meeting, Daily Trust, also has to do with whether or not Wike Camp should accept a role on the board.

A source told the Daily Trust that after meeting presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in London, the two sides were hoping for a truce.

“The Wike camp hoped that Atiku would prevail over National President Ayu to resign his position. But the event of the past few days may have changed the dynamics of the whole crisis. It’s as if both sides weren’t giving up. I believe they want to review their strategy and decide what their level of participation in the campaign council will be,” the source said.

Last week, Wike promised “something is going to happen soon” in the PDP, though he didn’t mention what exactly it was.

Governor de Rivers had also said that he would help the national chairman of the party to make the PDP lose the 2023 elections since according to him Ayu himself did not want the party to win.

This was after he accused the party chairman of refusing to resign over the 14 billion naira in the party account.

The main organs of the party are to meet this week to ratify the composition of the campaign council.

The organs will also examine the party crisis and see if they can still salvage the situation.

Meanwhile, the Benue State Governor’s chief press officer, Nathaniel Ikyur, told the Daily Trust that his manager had traveled out of the country, but on a two-week vacation.

He said, “Yes, the Governor has traveled and he has traveled with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and he is expected back in the country on the 16th of this month.”

On whether he won’t be back from the party’s NEC meeting scheduled for Thursday this week, Ikyur said, “No, he won’t be back before then, he will be back on the 16th. The governor is on holiday from two weeks, but maybe his deputy will represent him at the meeting.