On Sunday 31st July, 2022, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State met with serving and former governors in support of him to chart a way forward as ahead the presidential elections 2023.
It’s obvious that Wike is still annoyed with Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over his inability to facilitate reconciliation after their fallout over the choice of Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta State as his vice presidential candidate.
The closed-door meeting held in Rivers State Government Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, had in attendance known governors as his supporters. They include: Sam Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).
Former governors such as Donald Duke (Cross River), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Ibrahim Idris (Kogi) and Jonah Jang (Plateau) also attended the meeting.
Others include former PDP Deputy National Vice Chairman North, Senator Suleiman Nazif; former Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Adoke; member of the House of Representatives from Kogi State, Tijjani Yusuf, among others.
The meeting centered on charting a way forward.The group is coughed that despite humiliating the Rivers governor, Atiku is yet to reach out to him to placate him as being pushed by Governor Ortom.
Gana, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees and North Central Coordinator of the Wike Presidential campaign, spoke briefly to reporters after the meeting saying: “This is the first meeting we are holding with all our candidates in the states after the primaries. We are united and are one.
“We know that developments will unfold and when they do, we shall brief Nigerians.”