MThe reconciliation effort by the critical stakeholders the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seem to have met a brick wall as the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar has admitted that reconciliation between him and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and other aggrieved governors elected on the platform of the opposition party is not feasible.
Atiku was reported saying in an interview that the internal crisis rocking the PDP has yet to come to terms with the aggrieved party chieftains and that they have since moved on.
“We have left that issue aside. It is now history as we have moved on,” Atiku told the interviewer.
The party chieftains had a fallout with Atiku after the presidential candidate became adamant about their demands, including having PDP’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, replaced with a Southerner ahead of the 2023 elections.
Atiku maintained that he doesn’t support the removal of Ayu, saying such a decision as the elections are approaching is not proper.
“It is not proper, at this time, to contemplate a change of leadership of our party, whereas we are approaching the elections season,” Atiku said while expressing confidence that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be presiding over free and fair elections in February next year.
“This is because we have seen how they conducted two elections in Ekiti and Osun. In both cases, we have praised them for good outings. In addition to this, President Buhari has assured us that he would allow transparent, free and fair elections to be conducted in 2023,” Atiku said.