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There are indications that the former presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has met former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in London on Thursday.
While details of the meeting have not been made public, reports say it is about next year’s general elections.
Others who attended the meeting with Chief Obasanjo were Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State; Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo; Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and a former Cross River Governor, Donald Duke.
“We can confirm to you authoritatively that Wike and his team met with Tinubu in London to discuss a strategic alliance ahead of the 2023 presidential election,” the Director-General of the Asiwaju Project Beyond, a political support group for Tinubu, Realwan Okpanachi said.
Atiku And Wike Meet In London
Atiku’s meeting with Wike also took place in London on Thursday.
As of the time of this report, details of the meeting have not been officially disclosed but it is believed to be about the 2023 elections.
In the wake of the election, a committee had recommended Wike, among others, to Atiku to pick as his running mate but Atiku opted for the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, a move that deepened the crisis.
While explaining the rationale behind his choice, Atiku said Okowa is highly experienced, adding that he consulted widely before picking the former lawmaker.
“He personifies not only the seriousness the current moment represents for our country but also the future that our young people yearn for and also deserve,” Atiku said while unveiling Okowa as running mate in June.
Since then, the rift between the duo has widened. Efforts to reconcile them have not yielded fruits.
The latest development has no doubt throne the PDP and the opposition parties seeking Wike’s support into a sort of confusion. More so, Atiku’s camp is yet to make any official statement about the meeting with Wike at press time.