Wike: Atiku, Okowa Meet Jonathan Over PDP Crisis

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, met with former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Atiku announced their meeting on his Twitter page on Friday.

“Last night, I led a delegation alongside my vice presidential candidate, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, on a courtesy visit to former president Goodluck Jonathan, at his residence in Abuja,” he wrote.

Feelers from the meeting indicate that the former VP held the meeting to explore the possibility of Jonathan settling the crisis in the PDP.

Since the presidential primary in May, Rivers state governor alongside four others have been at loggerheads with Atiku and PDP chairman Iyorchia Ayu over the later’s continued stay of party leader.

Wike and his camp believe that the chairman being from the same part of the country as Atiku should resign to pave way for a southerner to occupy the position. This has greatly damaged the party.

On October 13, Jonathan declared support for the candidacy of Ifeanyi Okowa as the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP.

At a meeting with some members of the party, the former president addressed Okowa as Nigeria’s incoming vice-president.

Since losing his re-election bid in 2015, the former president is rarely seen at PDP events or activities.

Earlier in the year, there were speculations that he resigned from being a member of the PDP and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

During the build-up to the APC presidential primary, it was rumoured that among the APC stakeholders, Jonathan was the preferred candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Meanwhile, amid calls for him to contest the presidency, he simply told his supporters to “watch out”.

However, he did not participate in the presidential primary of any party. He also distanced himself from a northern coalition that bought him the APC presidential nomination and expression form.

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