Labour Party candidate Peter Obi visits Governor Wike

Presidential Flag Bearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has paid a visit to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike at his private residence in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

On arrival, Obi was taken inside where he had meeting with the governor behind closed doors.

Both men, however, did not speak on the purpose of the meeting, as Journalists were not granted access.

Peter Obi’a visit comes four days after the Enbony State Governor, Dave Umahi also met with Governor Wike at about 9pm behind closed doors.

The  Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has set up a  committee to pacify and woo the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and some other aggrieved members of the party.

The initiative was instituted by Atiku based on the need to go into the 2023 general elections with a united front.

Meanwhile, the peace moves by Atiku may, however, be heading for the rocks as the loyalists of the Rivers State Governor have dismissed the initiative as unnecessary.

A PDP chieftain in Rivers State and former member of the House of Representatives, Ogbomna Nwuke, described the Atiku reconciliation committee as a contradiction.

Speaking to The PUNCH on Tuesday, he said, “On one hand, somebody says he (Wike) is one who talks too much, who probably is uncontrollable. And then, on the other hand, you want him to help your cause. You want victory and you think he can contribute to your victory. Is that not a contradiction?

“There was an attempt to draft a man who was not interested in the vice-presidency into the vice-president; a committee set up, the caucus spoke, the national working committee of the party spoke favourably about Wike and it was not honoured.”

 Nwuke further stated, “Atiku did what he wanted to do. So what committee is he setting up again? To do what?  It doesn’t make sense.

 “When the convention was over, nobody showed him the way to Wike’s house. If he wants Wike to work with him, he should walk to the Governor of Rivers State and speak with him. We don’t need committees, what will the committee do? It doesn’t make sense to me.

 “I don’t know why relationships shouldn’t be exploited. What is this committee thing?  You have something else in your mind, you set up a committee to do something else. What is the meaning of that?”

 “For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Wike had said no matter what happens he would not leave the PDP. That was what he said.

 “The implication is that a man who is committed to the PDP will work for the PDP, whether you set up a committee or not. And that is my personal opinion,” Nwuke stated.

 Nwuke, who was also a former commissioner for Information and Communications in Rivers State,  also took a swipe at a former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, who accused Wike of being loquacious and rude.

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