Wike, supporters meet to decide next step

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his supporters in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were locked in a strategic meeting in Port Harcourt last night.

The meeting was convened by the Ayu-must-go enthusiasts to review developments in the opposition party following the contentious vote of confidence passed in Dr. Iyorchia Ayu as national chairman by the National Working Committee (NWC).

Wike and his group have rejected the lopsidedness in the leadership of the PDP and asked that the chairman should step aside to allow a Southerner to take charge.

It was learned that the Rivers governor summoned the late-night session. Expected in attendance were his strategists and backers, including some governors and chieftains of the PDP.

An investigation by our correspondent revealed that the governor’s camp has six options namely. They include:

To accept the status quo and cooperate with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar;
To insist on the sack of Iyorchia Ayu and be uncommitted to the 2023 poll if Atiku refuses to bow to pressure;
To remain in the party and work against it;
Go into a covert alliance with the ruling party to prove its strength as a Caucus in PDP;
To leave the party; and
To refuse to fund the party at all levels.

It was uncertain which of the options Wike will choose at the time of filing this report.

A source in Wike’s camp said: “The Wike group is meeting tonight to take a major decision.”

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