Okowa Meets Saraki, Asks Him To Prevail On Wike Not To Boycott Presidential Campaigns
The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has reportedly asked former Senate President Bukola Saraki to intervene in the crisis rocking the opposition party.
Omadaily reports that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who leads a group in the PDP, has called on the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, to resign.
Wike, Governor Seyi Makinde, Governor Samuel Ortom, and other chieftains had pulled out of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council until their demands are met.
Worried by threats from Wike’s supporters, Okowa at the weekend asked Saraki, a former Governor of Kwara State, to intervene to douse the tension.
Okowa, who met with Saraki on how he can broker peace in the party, was said to be disturbed by the plot by Wike’s camp to boycott the presidential campaign.
A source told The Nation that: “Okowa came to ask Saraki to intervene so that PDP will not go into the campaign as a divided family.
“He believes Saraki and other leaders can salvage the situation by appeasing Wike.”
An aide to Saraki said: ”I knew Okowa was around to see Dr. Saraki, but I wasn’t privy to what they discussed.”
In a tweet on Sunday, Saraki refused to disclose the reason for meeting Okowa, simply writing “Yesterday (Saturday), I received the vice presidential candidate of our party, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, in my house.
“We had a useful discussion about the state of our party, the PDP and country.”