PDP Crisis: Wike Says He is Committed to Achieving Peace
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said he believes that the internal issues in the Peoples Democratic Party be resolved.
He stated this on Tuesday after meeting with members of the party’s Board of Trustees at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
Wike said he was committed to achieving peace within the PDP. “The most important thing is to have peace.” “The house is united. I am hopeful we will resolve the issues because I am alive.
“Only those who are alive are hopeful. We have said repeatedly that we will not leave the party. We believe the internal issues will be resolved,” he said.
Meanwhile, the acting Chairman of the BoT, Adolphus Wabara, also hinted that progress had been made at the talks.
“We have not concluded,” Wabara said. “Making peace is difficult. But we have heard from his side. The family remains one. We shall achieve peace very soon.”
On September 20, Wike and his allies declared they were leaving Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign.
They also skipped the September 28, 2022, inauguration of Atiku’s campaign council because northerners shouldn’t hold the party’s top two positions.
After Atiku defeated the governor of Rivers State in the PDP primaries in May and won the party’s nomination for president, Wike and his allies had been calling for Iyorchia Ayu’s resignation for months.
The two top positions in the biggest opposition party, according to Wike and his supporters, cannot be held by a northerner.
In October 2021, Ayu purportedly stated that he would step down as chairman if the area produced the PDP presidential candidate.
The chairman has, however, refused to leave his position and has vowed to finish the remainder of his four-year term.
Since then, Wike’s camp has insisted that Ayu must leave the party in order for peace to rule.