As part of efforts to nip in the bud the crisis bedevilling the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election, the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) has scheduled a meeting with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday.
The latest development was made known via a statement issued on Monday by the PDP BoT chairman, Walid Jibril.
Jibril, who said the PDP needs to settle certain grievances, stated that the party’s BoT would come up with strong recommendations that would lead to the reconciliation of aggrieved members, including Governor Wike.
He stated: “I notice with great concern what the PDP primary elections of Atiku Abubakar and the appointment of Chief Okowa as President and Vice President is unnecessarily causing confusion among some PDP members.
“May I point out that very strongly that there is no problem as being envisaged by some people in our great party the PDP.
“I want to assure everyone that all plans are on ground to bring all members together as one and united, as what is happening in PDP can never be compared with the situation in APC, especially their plans in trying to bring religious issues of Muslim-Muslim President and Vice President.
“I have also noted that some groups are coming up trying to solve the issues of Okowa as Vice-President the latest group include some former governors of the party and the current governors, some BoT members, and elders including Prof Jerry Gana.
“The aim of the group is to reconcile aggrieved, especially Wike. Interestingly the BoT the highest advisory body and the conscious of the party is meeting on Wednesday 3rd August to discuss the issues accordingly by coming up with strong recommendations with the special committee for the special reconciliation of aggrieved members, especially Governor Wike.
“After the BoT meeting, we will meet with Wike and all aggrieved members and all past presidential Aspirants. It is my prayers as Chairman of BoT that the PDP will remain strongest and win all elections in 2023,” Jibril said.
The Star recalls that since former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerged as the PDP presidential candidate, the opposition party has been embroiled in rancour.
The crisis became worsened after Atiku named Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate for the 2023 presidential election.
Many had expected Wike, who came second in the party’s presidential primaries, to be chosen as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.
It would be recalled that Atiku polled 371 to defeat Wike, who garnered 237 votes.