Senator Adolphus Wabara, the chairman of the PDP’s board of trustees, has arrived at Government House in Port Harcourt, ostensibly to persuade Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, to lay down his gun and embrace peace for the benefit of the party.
Recall that the former vice president Atiku Abubakar won the presidential primary election and is now the flagbearer for the opposition PDP.
In an effort to win over Governor Wike, Wabara travelled with six additional party Board of Trustees members. Even though Wike has insisted that there would be no deal until the incumbent chairman, Iyiorcha Ayu, resigns.
The BoT’s meeting today is coming a few days after five of the PDP Governors, including Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Gabriel Ortom of Benue, Ayo Makinde of Oyo, Okezie Ikpazu of Abia, and Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu states met in Enugu to discuss on the issues affecting the party.
Wike has insisted that to create a balance in the party’s leadership structure, a southerner must take over as national chairman of the party.
The peace talk is being intensified by the Board of Trustees even as presidential campaigns kicked off last week, September 28, according to the guideline of the independent national electoral commission, INEC.
The BoT members who arrived at the Government House Port Harcourt at about 12:30 pm are expected to persuade Governor Wike and his loyalists to rescind their decision of shunning the party’s presidential campaign council.
Wike and some governors last month announced that they were not part of the campaign council led by the Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, with the Sokoto state Governor, Waziri Tambuwal, appointed as the Director General of the Atiku Abubakar/Ifeanyi Okowa campaign committee.