There seems to be no end in sight to the lingering crisis between the camps of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, and five aggrieved governors elected on the platform of the party.
Last week, Atiku expressed his readiness to engage the five governors, who earlier in the week, insisted that reconciliation doors were fully opened.
CEOAFRICA source however gathered that a truce between the parties was not in sight given the failure of the aggrieved governor to shift grounds on their demand.
The governors; Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Samuel Ortom (Benue), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu states are demanding the resignation/removal of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, as a condition to return to the party’s presidential campaign fold.
While in Lagos recently for a meeting with other chieftains of the party, including former PDP Board of Trustees’ chairman, Chief Bode George, and former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, the governors told the media that while their demand for justice, fairness and equity remained sacrosanct, they were ready to embrace peace in the interest of all.
This prompted Atiku to welcome their position; thus, opening room for possible negotiation.
It has, however, turned out that when the former Vice President made moves to see the governors return to the negotiation table; they (G-5) made it clear that they were not ready for deliberations with Ayu as party chairman.