Following the frosty relationship between the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and Governor Nyesom Wike-led Integrity Group, a last-minute push by former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), former President Goodluck Jonathan and prominent party leaders to resolve the crisis is ongoing and is expected to yield positive results, it was gathered
Atiku and the Rivers State governor have been at daggers drawn over demand for the resignation of PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.
Recall that the PDP presidential candidate and Wike visited IBB and Jonathan, recently, where the crisis rocking the party was discussed at length.
According to a member of the Integrity Group, there were efforts to get Atiku and Wike to reconcile. Asked whether Wike and his allies were interested in making peace, the source said: “Honestly, there are so many people within the Integrity Group, who are genuine PDP leaders and have said that all Atiku ought to have done, which he can still do, is to ask Ayu to go.
When contacted, a member of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, who confirmed the peace moves, said it was fruitful. The PCC member, who is privy to the reconciliation efforts, said given the efforts of the former presidents and other PDP leaders “Reconciliation is not impossible, though I cannot speak authoritatively on it.
However, both camps said they were committed to resolving the crisis before the 2023 general elections.