2023 : PDP Guber Candidates beg Wike to support Atiku

As the crisis rocking the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken another dimension, the governorship candidates on the platform of the party on Tuesday met with the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike ahead of the 2023 elections.

According to Daily Independent report, The 17 governorship candidates who arrived Port Harcourt, the state capital at 8.00pm immediately went into a closed-door meeting with Governor Wike which lasted for over two hours.

It was learned that the candidates visit is to persuade Wike to mend fences with the party and Atiku Abubakar.

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A source privly to the development said that the governorship hopefuls from Katsina, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kaduna, and 13 other states met with Wike at his private residence in Rumueprikon, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the candidates were pleading with Wike to support the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

He said they literally begged Governor Wike to forgive Atiku and also to throw his weight behind other PDP leaders that may have offended him one way or the other.

The Governor has been in a running battle with the leadership of PDP and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar over the refusal of the party to honour the agreement that if a presidential candidate comes from the northern part of the country, the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu will relinquish his position to a Southern person.

The crisis depeens after Atiku named Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate in the 2023 presidential elections.

Since then, several top politicians across various parties have continued to visit Wike to seek his support.

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