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Why Ex-President Obasanjo, Governor Wike, Peter Obi, others are meeting in London



Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, met with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, on Thursday in London, the United Kingdom amid the crisis between the governor and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

The meeting was part of discussions leading up to the 2023 presidential election, despite the fact that specifics were still hazy at the time this article was filed.

Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Donald Duke, the former governor of Cross River State, and other friends of Wike also attended the meeting.

It was gathered that a meeting between Wike and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, would also be held in London later today.

It was earlier reported that there were growing concerns within the PDP before today’s summit in London that the conflict between Atiku and Wike may hurt the party’s chances in the 2023 presidential elections.

The party leaders, in separate interviews on Wednesday, expressed concern about the growing relationship between Wike and influential members of the All Progressives Congress, describing the development as worrisome.

The meeting between Wike and two other PDP governors and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, on Monday in London raised concerns from the party’s top leaders in particular.

The PDP’s elders are concerned that Wike’s actions as well as those of the governors of the states of Oyo and Benue, Seyi Makinde and Samuel Ortom, may hurt the party’s chances of winning the 2023 presidential election.

It was learnt that discussions among the PDP hierarchy on Wednesday were dominated by the Wike and Tinubu’s meeting on Tuesday in the UK.

At the party’s Wadata Plaza headquarters in Wuse, Abuja, on Wednesday, the National Working Committee of the party met with PDP governorship candidates from all 36 states of the country.

Except for the governor of Oyo State, who is currently abroad, all the PDP governorship candidates were present at the meeting.

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