The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is concerned that efforts to reach a compromise between its presidential candidate Atiku Abubukar and Governor Nyseom Wike of Rivers State may fail since Wike has often left the nation to hold strategy meetings with his followers.
According to reports, Wike, Benue Governor Sam Ortom, Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde, Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi all traveled to France on Sunday night (Enugu).
This excursion is the second of its kind in recent weeks.
After a series of meetings, it was learned that they would depart for the UK before coming back to France the following day.
Despite the ongoing efforts to overcome their disagreements, party stakeholders are concerned that the Wike faction may be conspiring to secure the defeat of the PDP presidential candidate.
According to reports, Wike is adamant that Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP’s national chairman, resign.
The party leader, however, has steadfastly refused to give up his position despite repeated requests.
According to sources, Wike accuses Governor Ortom of breaking an agreement he made to behave well for Ayu by allegedly favoring Atiku. Wike blames Governor Ortom for signing the agreement.
“It is because of Ayu this matter is dragging. Wike wants him to step down but because he thinks he has acquired the means since coming into office, he does not want to listen to anyone again,” a top party source said on Tuesday.