2023: Okowa meets Ortom behind closed doors, begs Wike


Wike, Atiku and Okowa

The vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike on the need for genuine reconciliation with Atiku Abubakar.

Okowa made the appeal while speaking to journalists after a closed-door meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state at the Benue state government lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.

The Delta State governor noted that the delay in meeting with Wike was due to his trip abroad and now that he is back, the party and its presidential candidate will do all to reconcile issues with him.

On his part, Ortom said his advice on the need to appease the Rivers State Governor is the best way to go.

He said he is fully behind moves to reconcile with Wike for the overall interest of the party as all hands must be on deck ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Wike on returning to Nigeria on Friday had called Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, a liar.

The governor vowed to respond to both the party’s flagbearer and the party chieftains whom he described as Atiku’s ‘attack dogs’ one-by-one and line by line in due time.

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He said posterity would not forgive him should he fail to set the record straight and promised to clear the air after the commissioning of the projects lined up for inauguration by the state government.

On the reconciliation committee set up by the PDP leadership, Governor Wike stated that former Vice President Atiku had yet to send any delegation to him.

He, however, said a former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, met with him in Spain, although in his personal capacity.

According to the governor, the former vice president came to his house to beg for support but suddenly does not know the way to his house any longer.

He went on to challenge anyone to identify that he or she was sent by the PDP candidate to speak to him about the issue in the PDP and the aftermath of the party’s presidential primary.

Governor Wike who said the idea of setting up a committee was only being seen in the media, however, insisted that he would remain in the PDP and help rebuild the party.

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