No fewer than 17 governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party met with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, behind closed doors on Tuesday night.
According to PUNCH, a source from Government House, Port Harcourt, said the governorship hopefuls from Katsina, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kaduna, and 13 other states arrived Port Harcourt at about 8pm and immediately went into the meeting with their host.
The PDP governorship candidates met with Wike at his private residence in Rumueprikon, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.
There were indications that the meeting could be linked to the 2023 elections and the party’s chances in view of the current crisis rocking it.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the candidates were pleading with Wike to support the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
He said they literally begged Governor Wike to forgive Atiku and also to throw his weight behind other PDP leaders that may have offended him one way or the other.
The meeting was said to have lasted for over two hours.
Recall that Wike had fallen out with PDP leaders after the presidential primary which produced Atiku as the party’s candidate.
Since then, several top politicians across various parties have continued to visit Wike to seek his support.