By Wilfred Eya
On Friday, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike again stormed London with his political allies to continue his meetings and consultations ahead of the 2023 general election.
Wike’s allies include Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
A senior source close to Wike told Saturday Sun that Governor Rivers, his counterparts from Oyo and Benue state, Seyi Makinde and Samuel Ortom respectively, are currently in London, to deliberate on their next policy move. .
Our source shared that Makinde who has been on annual vacation since the last meeting was first joined by Wike, while Ortom who was on his way to the United States of America made a stopover for the meeting.
He said, “Unless a miracle happens, the reconciliation talks between Atiku and Wike have broken down irretrievably.
“Wike and his team want to consider the best option in the ensuing political crisis before the political parties campaign flag.”
He added: “The dice are cast, Wike and his team who sought the extraction of the president of the South from the People’s Democratic Party were ready to make concessions in the interest of the party, but the arrogance of some leaders of the other side forced them to rethink.
“They are not planning to leave the party, far from it. We all knew what happened in 2015 and 2019, our troubles mostly came from within.
“Ayu didn’t help either. Instead of playing the role of a father to all, he chose to fulfill the desire of Atiku and a few of his deceased political cronies.
“If you remember, Ayu didn’t contest an election, there was no contest. Initially, there were three people penciled in for the position when it was micro-zoned to Benue. They were: Senator Gabriel Suswam, Senator David Mark and Ayu.
“It was Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom who, in consultation with Wike and others, thought it wise to let him go to Ayu.”
Just last week, the Governor of Rivers State and his allies were in London to consult with various stakeholders across party lines.
He met with PDP presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; All Progressives Congress rival Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Labor Party Presidential candidate Peter Obi and former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the first trip to London.
Speaking on the last trip, Wike said: ‘This is the first time as a team that we have met presidential candidates. We met the APC candidate, met our leader, the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo. We met the presidential candidate of the Labor Party, met our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“For what it’s worth, the consultation is ongoing. Everything we talk about is in the interests of Nigerians. It is not parochial and tied to a person or a group of people. We believe that what happens will be in the interests of Nigerians in the end.
“The consultation is still ongoing. Never mind some people who do not believe in the existence of this country. Leadership is not about you and your family. Leadership is for everyone.