When the PDP presidential candidate met with the party’s 2023 former presidential hopefuls at his Asokoro residence in Abuja on Wednesday, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike was noticeably absent.
Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State, former Senate Presidents Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim, and Wike are also not present.
Dele Momodu, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, Tari Oliver, and Charles Ugwu were present at the meeting, though.
Atiku praised them for not creating a scene and for accepting the outcome of the convention that elected him the PDP flag bearer.
In order to win the general elections in 2023, he pledged to cooperate with each of them and noted that they would each play a different role at the polls.
Atiku previously had a meeting with a Niger State delegation that was headed by Prof. Jerry Gana, a former minister of information.
In his speech, Gana stated that they had come to Atiku’s home to wish him well, to reassure him of their support, and to pledge their dedication to seeing that he won the Niger State.
Gana also revealed that Atiku and Wike’s ongoing rapprochement is succeeding.
Wike welcomed his buddy, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, to Rivers, where they officially opened the Emohua Campus of Rivers State University in the state’s Emohua Local Government Area, according to Channels Television.
Atiku received 371 votes in the primary in May, defeating Wike, who received 237 votes, by a large margin.
Following the outcome of the primary, Wike has been at loggerheads with Atiku over his choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate. Wike has also demanded the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, for a southern replacement.