Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has overcome another major setback, ahead of his likely victory in the forthcoming 2019 Presidential election.
This came as the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, withdrew his threat to resign as the Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign in the South-South.
His decision to lead the party’s Campaign in the South-South, followed the meeting members of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council held with him, at the Government House, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Saturday.
Media sources had reported that Wike had threatened to abandon the party and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, alleging that he was being sidelined in some of the decisions taken by the party and its Presidential Candidate.
It was gathered that Wike said that as a Stakeholder, he was not consulted before the party constituted its Presidential Campaign Council.
While other members of the Presidential Campaign Council had been visible in the activities of the Bukola Saraki-led Council, Wike had refused to take part.Sponsored Content
However, sources at the meeting said that Atiku and others pleaded with Wike to join hands with them, to make it easy for the PDP to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019.
One of the sources at the meeting stated: “It was a tough, but friendly meeting. The Presidential Candidate spoke like a father, while Wike also listened and presented his areas of grievances.
“The Governor threatened to abandon the Campaign, but I think it was meant to get his attention and also register his displeasure over some of the actions he believed were taken without his knowledge. At the end of the day, he agreed to lead the Campaign, and also play prominent roles, in order to enable us sack the APC and the President, in 2019. All of us agreed that the APC is evil, and the best way we can defeat it is to work together as a team. We will do that.”
Apart from Atiku, other top party Leaders at the Brick House in Port Harcourt, were the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa; and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.
Others, according to a Government House source, were Senate President and Director General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State and his counterpart from Cross River State, Ben Ayade.