Reconciliation With Governor Wike Is Imminent-Atiku
Abubakar Atiku, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has hinted that he is already reaching out to Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike, saying that party stakeholders will soon reconcile with the aggrieved Rivers state governor.
In an interview with Arise TV on Friday, Atiku stated this.
Atiku said, “We are reaching out to Governor Wike and we are talking with him and I believe very soon we will find a reconciliation. In fact, very soon, because we are talking to him.
“We are talking to his governor colleagues. I am very optimistic we are going to resolve our internal crisis and move on,” the PDP presidential candidate added.
Atiku, who described Wike as a powerful politician with a bright future in Nigerian politics, stated that he did not oppose the governor.
He said, “The committee that was set up at my own instance deliberated. There was no vote, and they recommended three names because they knew it was my prerogative to pick any one of the three. So, there was actually no vote. It’s not true.
“He Governor Ortom himself chaired that committee. He knew there was no vote taken, and I have the report of that committee. The committee recommended three people and I picked one. I did not go out of that recommendation. So, I think people should be fair to me and should also state the fact,” he added.
There had been an uproar over Atiku’s choice of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowo as his running mate over Wike.
Following Atiku’s unveiling of Okowa, Wike was rumoured to be considering joining the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.